Leadership & Staff

Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dr. Mary Way Bolt

A lifelong resident of Cecil County, Dr. Mary Way Bolt began her college education at Cecil College 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 hea​lth 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.

President's Staff

  • Dr. Kimberly Joyce
    Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management
    Personal Profile

  • Chris Ann Szep
    Vice President of Community Relations and College Advancement
    Personal Profile

  • Chris Mills
    Vice President of Finance and Administration
    Personal Profile

  • Dr. Christy Dryer
    Vice President of Academic Programs
    Personal Profile

  • Lauren Fleck
    Executive Director, Human Resources
    Personal Profile

  • Chris Ann Szep
    Interim Chief Information Officer

Dr. Kimberly Joyce's Profile

As Cecil College’s chief student affairs officer, Kimberly Joyce provides leadership and oversight for admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, career services, student life, multicultural programs, and the library. She provides college-level outreach to students and has responsibilities to manage all of the programmatic logistics associated with student retention and completion.

Joyce began her position at Cecil College in 2017 bringing with her 25 years of higher education experience from leadership positions at both community colleges and universities. Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s of education degree in student personnel services from Rowan University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Rowan University.

Chris Ann Szep's Profile

Chris Ann Szep returned to Cecil College in 2006 to assume the role of vice president of institutional advancement and government relations, having previously served as the director of both the community health coalition Project CARD and the Family Education Center. In 2016, Szep was given the responsibility of a newly-formed division and became the vice president of community and government relations and college advancement.

Vice president Szep provides leadership and strategic direction for the Cecil College Foundation, Marketing, Athletics, Facilities, Public Safety and the Milburn Stone Theatre. Szep created the college’s government relations program and advocates for the needs of Cecil College and the County at the local, state and federal level.

Szep was the inaugural recipient of the Cecil County’s Athena Leadership Award and played an integral role in drafting the County’s charter form of government and advocating for the adoption of charter government. Szep earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her master’s degree from Wilmington University.

Chris Mills' Profile

Cecil College’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chris Mills, is responsible for the leadership, management, and supervision of the finance, facilities, and capital program operations of the College in addition to acting as liaison for the bookstore and the APGFCU campus branch. Mills is tasked with delivering strategic guidance on all fiscal, budgetary, and business operations matters. Mills provides oversight and leadership in the development of the annual legislative operating and capital budgets and is tasked with leading and managing the achievement of short-term and long-term institutional plans for administrative services and fiscal affairs. Mills assumed the role of Vice President of Finance and Administration after previously serving as the College’s Director of Facilities and Capital Projects.

Mills earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Project Management from Columbia Southern University before completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance Concentration from Columbia Southern University. Mills also completed the Duke University Executive Education Leadership Program and possesses certifications as an Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE), Certified Port Executive (CPE), and maritime facility security management Facility Security Officer (FSO).

Dr. Christy Dryer's Profile

Cecil College’s Vice President for Academic Programs, Christy Dryer, DNP, manages a multi-faceted division as a vital member of the College's senior leadership and the President's Cabinet. Dr. Dryer serves as the senior liaison to academic program committees and primary advisor on academic matters, providing future-oriented, innovative and strategic leadership for the College's educational programs.

The Vice President of Academic Programs supervises and provides academic leadership for deans, department chairs, and faculty, directing development and implementation of strategic and operational plans for Academic Programs that support the College vision and mission, and prepares the annual budget for Academic Programs in alignment with the College's strategic plan.

Before becoming Vice President for Academic Programs, Dr. Dryer was the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions at Cecil College, where she was responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Associate Degree Nursing program, Licensed Practical Nursing program, non-credit healthcare career programs, Physical Therapist Assistant program, Health, and Physical Education division, and the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Dr. Dryer earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland after completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a focus in education, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, respectively.

She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Delaware and is a Certified Nurse Educator under the National League of Nursing.

Maurice Tyler's Profile

Maurice A. Tyler has been the Chief Information Officer at Cecil College since 2018, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience managing large-scale data centers and diverse groups of Information Technology specialists. Tyler continually devises technological solutions focused on customer service, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, continuity of operations, process automation, autonomic computing, and systems integration.

Tyler holds certifications and training certificates in project management, IT governance, network architecture, technical support, and systems administration. His IT experience covers software development frameworks such as DevOps and Scrum; cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services; various operating systems including Linux, MAC OS, Microsoft Windows, and UNIX; as well as databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and SQL Server.

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Information Technology Management from Indiana State University.

Lauren Fleck's Profile

As Executive Director of Human Resources at Cecil College, Lauren Fleck is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management for all aspects of human resources across the institution. A member of Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt’s executive team, Fleck works collaboratively in the development of strategic programs and innovative practices in support of the College’s mission and long-term strategic goals.

She has formulated plans that promote a high performing, positive, diverse, and productive culture with the goals of maintaining high levels of employee effectiveness and morale while fostering an inclusive and collegial environment. She oversees resources related to payroll processes, addresses employee questions, and serves as the lead point of contact for HR.

Fleck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware before going on to complete her Master’s degree in Public Administration in Human Resource Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2010.