Leadership & Staff
Greetings to all in the region! Whether you are a student, colleague, job-seeker or business associate, I am sure you will find our new Web site to be a helpful gateway to our college.
Since we are all about students at Cecil, I am pleased to share some of the many exciting initiatives occurring to ensure your academic and career success. We are continually adding new programs to enrich transfer and employment opportunities for our graduates. Each of these options will pave the way for a smooth transition to a four-year university while responding to the workforce needs of this area.
We are proud of our ever-growing list of transfer agreements, including recently established alliances with the University of Delaware for civil engineering and supply chain management, Salisbury University for government contracting, Widener University for paralegal studies, and Arcadia University for physical therapy and physician assistant.
By collaborating with four-year institutions, which offer promising employment opportunities, we are striving to make certain that bachelor's degrees are offered in our county as well. Local residents can now earn their bachelor's in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland at the Principio Health Center in Perryville and in middle level education from Wilmington University at our Elkton Station. We have also partnered with Salisbury University to bring both bachelor's and master's degrees to Elkton Station.
Cecil College is hard at work making certain that you have many choices as you complete your degree, upgrade your skills, and pursue careers that are in high demand. I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities we offer and wish you great success in your endeavors.
W. Stephen Pannill, Ed. D.
Dr. W. Stephen Pannill became the fourth president of Cecil College on July 1, 2000. A native Marylander, Pannill holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, a master's from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota. Prior to his arrival at Cecil, he served as director of fiscal affairs, vice president of administrative services, and interim president at Harford Community College and vice president of financial services at Lake Michigan College. Pannill was named Executive of the Year by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and "The Gazette of Politics and Business" selected him as one of Maryland's "25 CEOs You Need to Know" in the same year.
Dr. Mary Way Bolt
Vice President of Academic Programs
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 doctorate in higher education and leadership from Widener University.
Vice President/Chief Information Officer
As vice president/chief information officer, Stephen diFilipo is responsible for keeping Cecil up to speed in the area of information technology. A veteran of the field since computers started to become more prevalent in the 1980s, diFilipo came to Cecil in 2007 by way of Gloucester County College, where he spent five years as chief technology officer. He has also held upper management information technology positions at Quantum Think in Philadelphia; Burlington County Special Services School District in Mount Holly, N.J.; and Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. diFilipo earned a bachelor's degree from Rowan University and a master's from New York 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.
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 Career and Community Education
Deborah Klenk rejoined Cecil College in 2007 as dean of career and community education. Her division offers a wide variety of continuing education options such as certifications, licensures and professional development; academic preparation classes, youth programs, adult personal enrichment, senior classes, and online learning for all ages. From 1991 to 2004, she handled many roles on the team she now leads, including directing the Business Training Resource Center, serving as an instructor for several programs, and helping launch the Mid-Atlantic Transportation and Logistics Institute out into the business community. Klenk has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in speech communication and a master's in business administration from Wilmington University.
Dr. David Linthicum
Dean 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.