Dr. Daniel Mosser named 8th President of WVNCC
West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) Board of Governors has named Dr. Daniel Mosser the College’s 8th president succeeding J. Michael Koon, who has been the Interim President since July 1, 2018. Dr. Mosser is expected to officially start his tenure on Monday, September 16, 2019, with his appointment pending approval from the Community and Technical College System.
“The Board unanimously voted to select Dr. Mosser to lead WVNCC as our next President,” commented Board Chair David Artman. “We feel WVNCC is uniquely poised for the future and with Dr. Mosser’s experience, visionary leadership, and innovative ideas he became the ideal candidate to lead us during this significant time in our history.”
A Western Pennsylvania native, Dr. Mosser has worked in higher education and workforce training for over 34 years including over 18 years as a senior executive in community colleges. He earned a Ph.D. in Industrial, Technological, and Occupational Education with a minor in Measurement and Statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Mosser has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels and he holds professional teacher certification in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Most recently Dr. Mosser served as the Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at the College of Southern Maryland, a community college serving three southern counties in Maryland. During his tenure as VP, Dr. Mosser was responsible for an annual headcount of 11,000 students. He reestablished a rapidly declining continuing education unit to a respectable program with over 800 full-time enrolled students.
Dr. Mosser’s career began as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland. In 1992, he was appointed Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Home Builders Institute and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC. In 1996 he became the Vice President for Education and Workforce Development with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Dr. Mosser then served nine years as Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education for Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
“This is truly an extraordinary opportunity, and I am honored to be selected as the next President of WVNCC,” said Dr. Mosser. “I was so impressed with everyone I met during this selection process on all three WVNCC campuses, and I look forward to working together as we embark on a very exciting time in this community and at Northern. I am looking forward to building upon the positive impact the College has had in the lives of our students.”
“It quickly became apparent to us that Dr. Mosser is a community minded leader and his commitment to faculty, staff and student success is a top priority,” added Artman. “The board went through an extensive process in searching for the right person to lead the College and is grateful to the Foundation Board, Chancellor, faculty, staff and community leaders who provided input and feedback in this process.”
Koon, who did not enter the presidential search, will now reenter retirement, capping a 44-year career at WVNCC.
The Board of Governors was assisted in the search by Myers McRae, a higher education executive search and consulting firm from Macon, GA.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day Feb. 9
Chance for Young Hunters to Hone Skills
Young hunters have one more chance this season to hone their skills with the help of an experienced adult during a Youth Waterfowl Hunt Day Feb. 9, reports the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Read more.
State Nursery Has Trees Available for Spring Planting
Time is Now to Think Spring
Orders are still being taken for the spring 2019 planting season for shrubs and trees from the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Read more.
3. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about the Chesapeake Bay and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). TMDL is a regulatory term in the U.S. Clean Water Act and Maryland needs to do A LOT to meet the requirements by law by 2025 (that’s six years). You can get a head start and learn more from the Maryland Department of the Environment here.
Board of Public Works Approves $3 Million for Oyster Recovery
Funding for Restoration, Marylanders Grow Oysters & Sanctuaries
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been approved to invest more than $3 million in oyster recovery and restoration activities in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, following unanimous support from the Board of Public Works. Read more.
$3 Million Approved for Rural Legacy Program
Conservation Easements Protect Farmland, Forests and Waterways
The Board of Public Works today approved Rural Legacy Program grants totaling $3 million that will provide dedicated state funding to permanently protect working farms and forests, and provide vegetative stream buffers to improve water quality in designated areas across the state. Read more.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s new ReConnect Program is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through the new program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.
USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by April 29), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due May 29), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by June 28).
Projects funded through this initiative must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people with no broadband service or where service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload. Evaluation criteria include connecting agricultural production and marketing, e-Commerce, health care and education facilities.
Approved projects must create access speeds of at least 25 mbps upload and 3 mbps download. Priority will be awarded for projects that propose to deliver higher-capacity connections to rural homes, businesses and farms. USDA seeks to stretch these funds as far as possible by leveraging existing networks and systems without overbuilding existing services greater than 10/1 mbps.
USDA will hold a Reconnect Program introductory webinar on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2:00pm (EST). This introductory webinar will provide a high-level overview of the new program, the types of funding available, eligibility provisions, notice of proposed service area, and evaluation factors. To join the webinar on December 20, click here.
USDA will also host a series of future informational webinars and workshops to provide more information on the ReConnect Program. Please visit https://reconnect.usda.gov for up-to-date information on these events.
Accessible Fishing Pier Opens in Queen Anne’s County
Floating Pier Meets Americans with Disabilities Act Standards
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has opened a new floating fishing pier and gangway at the Unicorn Lake Fisheries Management Area that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Design Standards of 2010. Read more.
Atlantic Population Canada Goose Season Begins Nov. 17
Split-Season Hunt for Migrating Waterfowl
Maryland’s migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season begins Nov. 17, and is split into two segments: Nov. 17 through Nov. 23, 2018, and again from Dec. 14, 2018 through Feb. 2, 2019. Read more.
LWV Annual Legislative Evening with Our Maryland State Delegation
College of Southern Maryland, Bldg B
115 J Williams Rd, Prince Frederick, MD
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30-9 P.M.
- Networking and Light Refreshments – 6:30-7 P.M.
- Welcome and Introductions – 7 P.M.
- Opening Remarks from State Delegation – Legislation passed in 2018 Session and forecast of upcoming legislation in the 2019 General Assembly Session
- Legislative Priorities of Community Organizations – 2.5 minutes each*
- Questions and Comments from the Public – if time permits*
Chapel Point State Park Lease Agreement Ceremony
State and Charles County Officials Cut Ribbon
Local and state officials will gather to officially sign a new 25-year agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County that will allow the county to manage approximately 50 acres of Chapel Point State Park along the Port Tobacco River.
As part of the agreement, the county and department developed a conceptual plan for the leased area, which includes improvements to the existing boat launch and fishing beach, a redesigned waterfront picnic area, a new “soft” kayak launch, an enhanced paddle-in campsite, and more secure and sustainable beach access.
Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp
Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton
Maryland Land Resources Acting Assistant Secretary Emily Wilson
Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina
Charles County Commissioners
Charles County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Eileen Minnick
Ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the lease agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.
Chapel Point State Park
Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677