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
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.
Vice President of Finance
As Cecil’s chief financial officer, Daniel Thompson is tasked with providing leadership and oversight for budget management, the controller’s office, procurement, payroll, facilities management, public safety and security, auxiliary services, grant fiscal management, capital construction projects, risk management and insurance, and leases, agreements and contracts. Thompson, who began his position in 2016, has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, audits and controls, insurance and risk management, and team building and leadership. Prior to his arrival at Cecil, he most recently spent one year as vice president, core loan operations followed by three years as vice president, AML alert operations at J.P. Morgan Chase. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in accounting, from Shippensburg University and a master’s in both international business and finance from the University of Delaware.
Miles M. Dean
Dean of Career and Community Education
Miles Dean’s primary responsibility as dean of career and community education is program development with an emphasis on business and industry contract training, the Family Education Center, adult education, open enrollment programs, senior and youth programs, and grant proposals. Dean came to Cecil in 2015 after serving as president of The Dean Success Group where he provided counseling services for the Christina School District and consulting for schools and community agencies. He also has experience working in education and with youths as director of youth development with ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania and as a senior program director for the YMCA Resource Center of Delaware. Dean, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a master’s in secondary counseling from Wilmington University, is currently pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University.
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, physical therapy assistant 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 of 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.
David M. Ore
Dean of Academic Programs
Prior to being selected dean of academic programs in 2015, David Ore spent 12 years as an adjunct business instructor for Cecil College before becoming an associate professor in 2013. In his current position, Ore supervises and supports the academic instructional departments and programs, and he oversees student appeals. He is also responsible for planning, resource allocation, faculty hiring and evaluation, curriculum development, scheduling, and course and program assessments. Ore has taught business courses at Harford Community College and non-credit classes at Cecil as well. He has more than 25 years of supervisory experience, predominantly with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, in a variety of areas. Ore holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Old Dominion University and a master’s in business management from Central Michigan University.
Colleen M. Cashill
Executive Director, Human Resources
Interim Chief Information Officer