Clark State’s VP for student success to become president at Maryland college

Credit: Clark State

Credit: Clark State

Clark State Community College’s senior vice president for student success, Dr. Theresa Felder, has accepted a new position as president of Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, according to a release from the school.

Felder will begin on Jan. 1, 2021, and is replacing Dr. Dianna G. Phillips who resigned from the college in February.

“The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to select Dr. Felder as the next president of Harford Community College,” said Board Chair Laura Henninger. “Her strength, breadth of experience and her student-focused background align with Harford’s mission, vision and values. We believe that she is the right person at this time to move the college forward.”

Felder has worked in several positions at Clark State, including vice president of student affairs, dean of the Beavercreek campus location, an academic affairs coordinator, a college access director and a Workforce Development coordinator, the release stated. She has also served on several nonprofit boards, including the local chamber of commerce, United Way Board, the Economic Development Advisory Board, the Community Improvement Corporation and the local Community Action Agency Board.

“Dr. Felder has provided excellent leadership while at Clark State, and the Harford Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students saw in her what we see every day: a passionate advocate for student success, a data-drive decision-maker, a strategic thinker and an empathetic and future-focused visionary,” president Dr. Jo Alice Blondin said.

Felder said her focus is on providing access to higher education for all students, and increasing the number of college graduates from first-generation and low income backgrounds.

“It is an honor to have been chosen as the next president of Harford Community College, and I am excited to lead such a fine institution,” she said. “I am also extremely grateful for all the opportunities Clark State has afforded me over more than 15 years at the college. Dr. Blondin has been an incredible mentor and has supported my professional growth—allowing me to prepare for this very important next step in my career. I will forever cherish the friendships I have at Clark State, and I am confident the great work of positively impacting students and families will continue.”

With Felder leaving, the position she held as senior vice president for student success was changed to vice president of student affairs, according to the college. The job opening is posted on the Clark State website, and a search committee of faculty and staff will review resumes and interview candidates for the position.

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