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H. Clay Whitlow to Serve as Commencement Speaker

Release Date: 4/30/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

H. Clay Whitlow to Serve as Commencement Speaker
Carroll Community College Ceremony Set for May 26, 2010 at McDaniel College

Westminster, Md., College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo has announced that the Commencement Speaker for Commencement 2010 is H. Clay Whitlow. Whitlow is executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC).

MACC is a voluntary association of the sixteen community colleges in Maryland. MACC represents community colleges in a wide range of areas. Whitlow works with the State Legislature and Executive Branch Departments; coordinates with the state Department of Education on issues of mutual concern such as the federal Race to the Top grant program; and serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Workforce Corporation.

Prior to joining MACC, Whitlow was president for six years of Evergreen Valley College, an 11,000-student community college in San Jose, California. During his tenure as president, the college's enrollment increased substantially, despite severe resource limitations. In addition, the college for the first time implemented a systematic process of evaluation. It made improvements in student services programs and made significant improvements in teaching, particularly for students whose primary language was not English.

Whitlow began his professional career as an engineer with Ford Motor Company. After a brief stint with Ford, he entered law school. He began a sixteen-year legal career in Denver, Colorado upon graduation. Whitlow eventually became a partner in one of the largest law firms in Colorado.

"I am pleased that Clay Whitlow has agreed to serve as our Commencement speaker this year," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. "He offers a tremendous understanding of community college students and of the significance of this momentous day in their lives."

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