Williams Out As Baltimore City Community College President

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The president of Baltimore City Community College is leaving her position immediately. The chair of the board of trustees announced Tuesday that she has been "separated" from the college, but a college spokesman would not elaborate.

President Carolane Williams has come under fire in recent years as the college fought to keep its accreditation and faculty and staff gave her a vote of no confidence two years ago.

"The Board strongly believes that the time is right for a leader who will bring new urgency to our urban educational mission," board chair Rosemary Gillett-Karam said in a statement. "During this difficult economy, at a time when technology and job skill requirements are rapidly changing, we owe it to our students and our city to continue to strive for excellence."

The board said it will begin a national search for a new president who will focus on boosting graduation rates, increase fundraising and build stronger relationships with businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to offer more opportunities to students.

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