Jan. 11, 2007
Ralph Dyer, the interim dean at HACC's Lebanon Campus has decided to return to private industry, according to HACC President Edna V. Baehre.

"Ralph has always made it clear that private enterprise remained his first love," said Baehre. "We knew that we might only have him for a limited time, but his contribution to the Lebanon Campus has been invaluable. He has done everything I have asked of him and has agreed to help his successor make a smooth transition."

Baehre noted Ralph's very successful expansion of the "College in the High School" program at Lebanon as well as the significant increase in the number of high school students making HACC their first choice for higher education.

"He also launched a very innovative English as a Second Language program aimed specifically at aiding entry into the workforce - a program which has received high praise in the local community," she said.

"And, we can't forget his hard work in putting the campus on a much more stable fiscal footing," Baehre said.

Dyer will remain as Lebanon Campus Dean while the college launches a search for a permanent replacement.

"We hope that Ralph will be able to stay with us until that process is completed," Baehre said, "but I am pleased that he has agreed to make himself available to help his eventual replacement ease into the role.

"We remain very committed to the Lebanon Campus and we look to continue the successful initiatives that Ralph has established as we continue to serve the community," she said.

HACC serves more than 18 thousand degree-seeking students in an eight county primary service region in Central Pennsylvania - including about a thousand in Lebanon. In addition, the college serves 30 thousand students in more than 2,100 adult and workforce training programs and community education each year.

The college operates campuses in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and Gettysburg, a center in York, along with a number of off-campus community sites and programs of study online with the Virtual Campus. As Central Pennsylvania's Community College, HACC provides degree and diploma programs in more than 184 fields.

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