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Dr. Scott Knapp Named Interim President at YCCC

Friday, April 14, 2006

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AUGUSTA , Maine – Thirteen Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons has named Dr. Scott Knapp, President of Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn, to serve as Interim President at York County Community College (YCCC) in Wells.

Dr. Knapp will provide leadership to both CMCC and YCCC during the search for a new president for the Wells campus. Dr. Patricia Ryan, President of YCCC since 2002, passed away early last week after a battle with cancer.

“I am grateful to President Knapp for agreeing to assist YCCC during this transitional period,” said President Fitzsimmons. “He is an exceptional leader, who is thoughtful in his decisions, and highly regarded in his community and throughout our system. He will provide wonderful leadership for YCCC,” said Fitzsimmons.

Dr. Knapp has been president of CMCC since 1997. He has led the college through tremendous growth, from about 1,000 credit students to over 2,000 this year. CMCC is the second largest college in the Maine Community College System. In addition to its main campus in Auburn, CMCC operates an off-campus center in South Paris in partnership with the University of Southern Maine.

Fitzsimmons said that a national presidential search would begin next week. His hope is to be able to name a new president in time for the start-up of the 2006-07 academic year.

“Thanks to Pat’s leadership, and a talented and dedicated group of faculty and staff, YCCC is a great success story with a bright future,” said Fitzsimmons. “I am confident we will attract a stellar leader for the next stage of this college’s growth,” he said.

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