CUMBERLAND — Paul E. Haberlein, vice president of finance and personnel at Allegany College of Maryland, will retire from full-time employment June 30 after 27 years at the college.

Haberlein is the chief financial officer at ACM’s three campuses in Cumberland and Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania.

This gives him fiscal responsibility for more than 300 full-time faculty and staff members and nearly 500 part-time personnel serving more than 3,500 students in credit programs and over 13,000 student registrations in continuing education.

Haberlein oversees a current annual operating budget of over $25 million, up from the $4 million in fiscal year 1981, his first year with the college. He also has responsibility for the bookstore, mailroom, food service and vending operations.

“Paul Haberlein is one of the finest people I have ever worked with,” said Donald L. Alexander, ACM’s president. “He is dedicated to education and excellence and is a man of high honesty and integrity. We will miss him greatly.”

“I’ve enjoyed my work and feel that the college has experienced much success over the years, mainly because of the leadership of Don Alexander and our board of trustees,” Haberlein said.

He is most gratified by the willingness of staff throughout the organization to work together for the overall good of the college.

“Education is so important in society,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed my experience so much because we’re a community college that gives people an opportunity to improve their lives.

“The college has been a caring, responsible and responsive institution to be associated with for over a quarter century,” he noted. “It’s a comfortable and rewarding place to work.”

A certified public accountant, Haberlein has kept his CPA license and credentials current and is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, a statewide organization for the accounting profession.

He will continue to be available as needed for the college to smooth the transition after June 30. Dennis Stevens, who was associate dean of finance under Haberlein, will succeed him as vice president in the college’s finance division in a move that also will include some revised responsibilities for a number of other individuals in the department.

An Allegany County native, Haberlein worked two years in the city of Cumberland municipal government’s purchasing department, then moved to the Allegany County Board of Education. He was the public school system’s assistant supervisor of finance from September 1978 to September 1980 before moving to the ACM.

He and his wife, Penny, who retired two years earlier as a fourth-grade teacher at Parkside Elementary School, are the parents of two daughters; both are teachers who are married to accountants.

Heather, the older of the two, is a second-grade teacher in the Montgomery County school system. Her husband, Cumberland-area native J. Christopher Kelly, works for Lydon, Fetterolf and Corydon, a CPA firm in Gaithersburg. They are the parents of two preschool children, Estella and Stone.

The Haberleins’ younger daughter, Kristi, is a middle school math teacher at Charlotte Country Day School, a private school in Charlotte, N.C. Her husband, Juan-Pablo Mancia, works for Bank of America, which is headquartered there.

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