C. David Warner III has accepted a job as Hagerstown Community College's new vice president of Academic Affairs.
Warner, the current executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, was among four finalists for the job.
Warner will replace current vice president of Academic Affairs Judith Oleks, who plans to retire this summer.
Warner said Tuesday night that he was offered the job over the weekend, and he accepted the position Monday.
USMH announced Warner's resignation in a news release Wednesday morning.
Warner has been executive director of USMH since it opened in January 2005. He previously was a director of instruction at HCC. Before that, he was chairman of HCC's Humanities Division and a professor of music.
"I am extremely grateful to have served as the first executive director of USMH. With the support and guidance of USM, FSU, and the community we have built a premier regional higher education center in Hagerstown. I leave the center in a position to have continued success. Likewise, I am humbled and proud to be returning to HCC. I began my professional career at HCC and it is an honor to return at a time of increasing enrollment, expanding academic programs, and new facilities. It is very exciting to come home," Warner said in a statement.
HCC officials searched nationally for candidates for vice president of academic affairs, and ended up with a pool of 88 applicants.
Warner said previously that he loved his job at USMH, but believed the campus was well-positioned to continue to move forward if he were able to return to HCC.
Warner stressed that he was not trying to get out of USMH, noting that it had been "my baby."
In the release issued Wednesday by USMH, Warner was quoted as saying he plans to maintain a working relationship with USMH in his role at HCC.
“I leave USMH knowing that it is well positioned for success into the future, and I will continue to support the partnership between HCC and USMH in my new position,” he said in the release.
Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter commended Warner for the center’s progress.
“I have seen Dr. Warner grow enrollment, raise funds for scholarships and work closely with the USMH Advisory Board, Governing Council and the General Assembly in a way that has built USMH into an essential regional educational resource. His loss will be very much felt, but I know he will excel at his new opportunity at HCC,” Gibralter was quoted as saying in the USMH news release.
Frostburg State University serves as the managing institution for USMH.
According to the USMH news release, Gibralter will work with officials at the University System of Maryland to appoint an interim director at USMH and to launch a search for a replacement.
“Dave Warner has done a tremendous job as executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown,” William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said in the news release..“We congratulate him on his new position and we are committed to finding a successor who can carry on the excellent leadership that Dave brought to the development of USMH.
"He has made this regional center a vital resource for our students and the western Maryland community. USMH will remain a critical center for the system, a vital regional resource, and an anchor in the renaissance of downtown Hagerstown,” Kirwan said.