Leadership & Staff
Dr. Mary Way Bolt
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, Dr. Mary Way Bolt began her college education at Cecil by earning an associate degree in nursing in 1986. She returned to the college in 1990 as a member of the nursing faculty and was promoted to nursing department chair, director of nursing education, acting dean of instruction, and associate dean for nursing, allied health and health services. Bolt, who was named vice president of academic programs in 2004, earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a master's in community health nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and a doctorate in higher education and leadership from Widener University.
Dr. Diane Lane
Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Diane Lane serves on Cecil's leadership team as vice president of student services and institutional effectiveness. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of higher education, Lane's background has focused on administrative leadership with special emphasis in the areas of student affairs and enrollment management. In this role, she has been responsible for completing operational audits, market forecasting, and strategic enrollment management planning for a number of community colleges. Lane received a bachelor's degree from Salisbury University, a master's from Penn State University, and a doctorate in community college leadership from Morgan State University. She continues to pursue her research interest in organizational culture and its relationship to leadership in the community college.
Dr. David Linthicum
Interim Vice President of Academic Programs
Dr. David Linthicum has held a number of roles at Cecil College since spring 2009. While serving as an assistant professor, business and procurement, he developed Cecil’s programs in both government contracting and government logistics. In March 2012, he was appointed dean of academic programs after holding the position on an interim basis for a little more than a year. Linthicum has taught numerous procurement/contracting classes for the National Contract Management Association and was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and the City Colleges of Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College in Missouri, a master’s in personnel management from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate in leadership and policy from Temple University.
Chris Ann Szep
Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Government Relations
Chris Ann Szep returned to Cecil College in 2006 to assume the role of vice president of institutional advancement and government relations. Szep, who previously served Cecil as director of both the Family Education Center and community health coalition Project CARD, is responsible for fundraising, donor relations, and the advancement of existing and new initiatives for the benefit of the college. She also keeps politicians apprised of the importance of Cecil College and its needs, and what a diverse role it can play in the community and the lives of its families. The inaugural recipient of Cecil County's Athena award earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and her master's from Wilmington University.
Dr. Christine Valuckas
Vice President of Administrative Services
As vice president of administrative services, Dr. Christine Valuckas oversees human resources, risk management, accounting, auxiliary services, payroll, procurement, finance, facilities management, events management, security, minor capital and major construction projects. Valuckas negotiates land acquisitions, leases and major contracts for the college and facilitates major procurements for services. She also serves as the college's legal liaison with its general counsel, employment and labor attorney, and construction attorney. Valuckas began working at Cecil in 1985 and spent about seven years in the continuing education division before moving to the business office. Valuckas received a bachelor's degree from Ursuline College, a master's in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Sarasota.
Dr. Christy Dryer
Dean of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Christy Dryer was promoted to dean of nursing and health professions in September 2012. In this position, she is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the associate degree nursing program, licensed practical nursing program, non-credit health care careers programs, exercise science, the Fitness and Wellness Center, and the health and physical education division. Since her arrival at Cecil College in 1993, Dryer has been an allied health educator, adjunct nursing faculty member, assistant professor of nursing, and director or nursing and health professions. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in nursing from the University of Delaware, and doctor of nursing practice from the University of Maryland.
Dean of Business Services