Leadership & Staff

Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

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 Institutional Advancement and Government Relations
    Personal Profile

    Daniel Thompson
    Vice President of Finance
    Personal Profile

    Dr. Christy Dryer
    Vice President of Academic Programs
    Personal Profile

    Maurice Tyler
    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.

Szep, who previously served Cecil College 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.

Daniel Thompson's Profile

As Cecil College'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 College, 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.

Dr. Christy Dryer's Profile

Cecil College’s Vice President for Academic Programs, Christy Dryer, D.NP., 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.