Board members said they were troubled by recent declines in enrollment. About 5,480 students enrolled in classes for the fall semester — 22 percent fewer than a year ago. Enrollment in the spring and both summer sessions was also lower than last year.
"Because there has been a decline in enrollment, we are trying to build that new image and new excitement," said Gillett-Karam.
The community college is the third public higher-education institution in the city to experience a leadership shake-up in recent weeks. Coppin State University President Reginald S. Avery announced in late October that he would step aside in January. And on Monday, Morgan State University's board of trustees announced that they would not renew the contract of President David J. Wilson when it expires in June — a move that surprised many students and faculty.
At the troubled community college, Williams had come under fire in recent years. Faculty and staff gave her a vote of no confidence in 2010. The following year, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education placed the school on probation for failing to implement clear standards to measure student performance. The probationary status was removed in June.