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Anne Arundel Community College picks Lindsay as new president

Anne Arundel Community College said Tuesday that Dawn Lindsay has been selected as the college’s sixth president.

Dawn Lindsay

“The board unanimously felt Dr. Lindsay had the leadership qualities, experience and commitment to excellence to meet AACC’s mission mandates and build upon the college’s stellar reputation,” Victoria K. Fretwell, chair of the college’s board of trustees, said in a news release.

Lindsay, a Maryland native, has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, and has been the president of Glendale Community College in Glendale, Calif., since 2009.

Lindsay will replace Martha A. Smith, who has been president of AACC for 18 years, on August 1. She was selected after a nationwide search that looked at 12 candidates from a pool of 120 applicants, the college said in the release.

Originally from Harford County, Lindsay has held staff, faculty and administration positions at Norco College, Saddleback College and Argosy University in California, and has been an adjunct professor and instructor at Dundalk Community College, before it merged with the Community College of Baltimore County and Howard Community College.

Lindsay has won the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year” award, and was named “One of the Top 20 Female Leaders of Los Angeles” by Business Life Magazine.

“I have been watching this college and I believe in its mission,” Lindsay said in the release. “There’s so much alignment between my leadership approach, my values and AACC. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for me to return to my roots, so I am very much looking forward to it.”

Said retiring President Smith: “I am thrilled with the selection of Dr. Lindsay because of her extraordinary talent, accomplishments and character. I have total confidence in her outstanding leadership to take AACC into its next chapter of excellence, and look forward to working with her to ensure a successful transition.”