This past July Frederico Talley took office as the eighth president of Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. The college enrolls about 6,000 students in credit classes and another 6,000 students in noncredit, continuing education classes. About 12 percent of the student body is Black. Dr. Talley was the first African American to hold the post.
Now after only six months on the job, the board of trustees has removed him as president due to a “personnel issue.” In announcing the change, board president Dixie Miller did not state why Dr. Talley was dismissed. She simply stated, “We wish Dr. Talley the best in his professional endeavors. We have tremendous faculty and staff, and we are confident that there will be no disruption of services for the thousands of students who take classes on our campus.”
Before being named president at FCC, Dr. Talley was vice president and dean of the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland. He served in that role from 2005 to 2012. Previously, he held faculty and/or administrative posts at Northwest State Community College and Defiance College, both in Ohio. He also worked at Olivet College in Michigan, Rowan University in New Jersey, Bryant University in Rhode Island, and Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.
Dr. Talley is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio University.