As a public institution, Howard Community College is governed by a board of trustees and president, and each has an important role in ensuring the college supports students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.
Board of Trustees
Appointed by the governor of Maryland, the seven-member Howard Community College Board of Trustees is the college's legal governing body, with each board member serving six-year terms, with a limit of two terms. The board exercises general oversight and establishes policies for implementing the mission of the college. While the board has decision-making authority, it values the input of the college through a defined process of governance.
As the chief administrative officer of the college, the president is responsible for meeting the college's key strategic initiatives; developing an integrated strategic plan and budget for board review, and formulating institutional policies and procedures for the operation of the college. Supported by her executive team, the President's Team, the president is ultimately responsible for inspiring and engaging all those who can further the mission of the college.
Governance is the process of involving employees in defining and benchmarking the organization’s core work, in developing the strategic goals and objectives, and in formulating administrative policies and procedures, which align with the board's key performance indicators (Core Ends). Employees also have a responsibility for continuous improvement and responsiveness to the community and stakeholders the college serves. The college has a governance procedure in place that provides structure and opportunity for members of the faculty and staff to be involved in the college decision-making processes through their core work, service on college governance groups, or through their constituency groups.
In addition, students are represented in as many venues as possible throughout the college, including cross-functional teams, planning council and college council, with the exception of the salary and benefits committee. Student Government Association officers make student appointments to these groups. Noncredit students are also asked to serve in various roles.