- Psychologist Mark A. Heinrich has been named chancellor of the Alabama Community College System--a position so troubled, The Birmingham News' editorial board wrote, "If you're not a praying person, at least send Heinrich your best wishes. He will need all of them."
- Heinrich previously led an institution through troubled times in 2008, when he became president of Shelton State Community College while that school was facing frequent visits from federal investigators in the midst of theft charges brought against that institution's former president and a former dean.
- He faces a considerable challenge as the system chancellor and says his priorities include work-force development, persuading business and industry to bring the system relief, providing better advisement to students and working smoothly with legislators.
From the article:
Mark A. Heinrich has been named to lead the Alabama Community College System-a troubled one that has been directed by six other chancellors or interim chancellors since July 2006, when its then-chief executive was fired. Greeting Mr. Heinrich's appointment, the editorial board of The Birmingham News wrote: "If you're not a praying person, at least send Heinrich your best wishes. He will need all of them." ...