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Maine Technical College System

News Release

Thursday, May 22, 2003
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUGUSTA, Maine — Dr. William Flahive, President of Washington County Technical College in Calais, announced today that he will leave his post at the end of the summer. Dr. Flahive has worked in the Maine Technical College System for the past 32 years, serving as president of the WCTC for the past seven. He will leave August 30th.

Dr. Flahive was appointed president of the college in 1996 after serving as Interim President. Prior to his appointment at WCTC, he served in top posts at Southern Maine Technical College in South Portland, including Vice President/Academic Dean and Dean of Continuing Education. He also served in acting posts at other Technical College campuses. He joined SMTC, then Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, in 1971 as a faculty member in microbiology.

"My tenure at Washington County Technical College has been the capstone of my career in education," said Flahive. "I have greatly enjoyed working with the faculty and staff for the betterment of the people of this region," he said.

"Bill has been part of the MTCS family for over three decades, and has contributed in numerous ways to our System's growth and success," MTCS President John Fitzsimmons said. "We are thankful for his commitment and leadership at WCTC and SMTC over the years, and wish him the very best as he pursues new ventures."

During his presidency, Dr. Flahive led the Washington County college through tremendous growth and change. A number of new programs have been added, including Heritage, Environmental and Adventure Tourism, Early Childhood Education, Paraprofessional Education, Computer Technology, Nursing and Liberal Studies. The new additions have diversified the college's offerings and helped fuel a 50 percent rise in enrollment during Flahive's tenure.

Over the last year and a half, Flahive led the college through a comprehensive evaluation in preparation for changing accrediting bodies, from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C), Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, to NEAS&C's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The new accreditation will ease student credit transfer to institutions outside of Maine, and positions the college for the broader community college mission of preparing students for both careers and for transfer to four-year institutions.

"WCTC is ready to assume the role of a community college for Downeast Maine, and President Flahive deserves great credit for his leadership throughout that process," said Fitzsimmons.

A national search for a new president will begin immediately and take place through the summer. The search committee will be chaired by a member of the MTCS Board of Trustees. Following MTCS practice, the committee will forward three finalists to President Fitzsimmons, who will present his nomination to the Board of Trustees for their consideration.

Fitzsimmons hopes to have a nominee by October, with a new president in place by next January. He will announce an interim president prior to Dr. Flahive's departure.