The First Black President of Frederick Community College

Frederico Talley was named president of Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. When he takes his new position in July, he will be the college’s eighth president and the first African American to hold the post.

Currently, Dr. Talley is vice president and dean of the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland. He has served in that role since 2005. Previously, he has 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.

Frederick Community College in Maryland 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.


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