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Newly-named president James Ball ready to face challenges, prepares to lead Carroll Community College in Maryland

 
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New Carroll Community College President James Ball

Over the past 15 years, Carroll Community College has seen the campus expand, enrollment grow and program offerings increase under the leadership of Dr. Faye Pappalardo.

This summer, Pappalardo will retire and a familiar face on campus will become the school's third president.

Dr. James Ball acknowledges he has big shoes to fill, but said he is excited at the opportunity.

"The prospect of taking on the helm here at this institution was really exciting," said Ball, currently vice president of academic and student affairs, and dean of the faculty at the school in Westminster.

Before coming to Carroll Community College, Ball had been vice president of student services at Howard Community College in Columbia. He has been in his current position at Carroll since 1999.

"I think we'll face challenges, in terms of fiscally moving ahead. The budget is tighter, and enrollment is decreasing a little bit because of demographics in the county," Ball said. "We'll have to be pretty frugal, careful and creative as we respond to the coming challenges."

But challenges aren't necessarily a bad thing, according to Ball.
"It's daunting, but it's piqued my curiosity and my desire to attack it," said the Ellicott City resident. "It's going to be fun to work with a great team to overcome these challenges."

According to Ball, being president means he will have to spend more time focusing on relationships outside the school.

"This role requires me and challenges me to be out in the community more, to develop relationships with the business community and friends of the college," Ball said. "It's a change in what I'm doing in some respects, it takes me away from the internal focus to an outside focus."

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