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Presidents @ COM

The Presidents of College of the Mainland with brief biographies, accomplishments and photos.

Dr. Sunderman, 1981-1983

Dr. Sunderman came to the position with an extensive background in the educational field.  He served as President of Anne Arundel Community College, Centreville, Michigan, in 1976 to 1979; President of Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Michigan, 1972-76; Dean of Student Personnel Services at Monroe County Community College, Monroe, Michigan, 1965-72, assisting with the establishment of this new college; Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Dean of University Administration, University of Cincinnati, 1957-65.

Dr. Sunderman received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1955, a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 1959 and a doctorate in education in 1965.

In accepting the position, Dr. Sunderman said: “I look forward to working with the entire community—business, industry, local government, labor and community groups—to help bring this institution to the pinnacle of responsiveness and academic excellence that I know everyone wants.”


Top Accomplishments

  • COM launches new Emergency Medical Services Program to meet increased demand for trained technicians and paramedics. 
  • Drafting Technology Program adds computer-assisted drafting to curriculum.
  • Two new degree plans established: Associate in Business Administration and Associate in Science.
  • Administrator Bill Raley visits the Middle East as part of a seven-member team to evaluate the Abu Dhabi PTEC program that COM helped to develop.
  • A tuition-free introduction to fine arts course featuring nationally known performing artists is offered at district high schools.
  • A disaster simulation is held at COM with 17 agencies participating.  Galveston County Memorial Hospital uses its helicopter and heliport in a drill for the first time.
  • The Women’s Center has served more than 3,000 women with financial aid assistance and referrals to nonprofits since launching three years ago.
  • Dr. Dorothy McNutt, business division chair, speaks in Australia at the third annual World Conference on Cooperative Education.
  • The Learn and Earn Program, the first of its kind, receives official recognition through a Texas Senate resolution introduced by state Sen. Chet Brooks.  The program allows students to work on campus, learn job skills, and receive credit.