March 28, 2012
(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College (HCC) Chair of the Board of Trustees Katherine Rensin and Howard Community College President Kathleen Hetherington have both been named to The Daily Record’s 2012 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. A panel of judges comprised of business professionals and past Top 100 women winners from throughout Maryland recently selected this year’s slate of award winners from 450 nominations. Mrs. Rensin and Dr. Hetherington were selected for the impact that they have consistently made through their leadership, community service and mentoring. This is the second consecutive time that Dr. Hetherington has received the award. A ceremony will be held on Monday, May 7, at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to honor and congratulate the 2012 winners.
Mrs. Katharine Rensin
Additionally, Mrs. Rensin has volunteered much of her time to mentor and coach HCC students through the Silas Craft Collegians Program, and is a current coach in the Step-Up Program. She was also a member of the Workforce Development Task Force for the 2008 HCC Commission on the Future. As an active member of the community, Mrs. Rensin has served on the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Center for Howard County and as volunteer tutor for Howard County Project Literacy, teaching basic literacy, math, and critical thinking skills to adults with learning disabilities. In 2011, Mrs. Rensin was also inducted to the “Women’s Hall of Fame” by the Howard County Commission for Women.
“I am delighted to be recognized by The Daily Record for this honor,” said Mrs. Rensin. “I have been fortunate to come in contact with so many students at Howard Community College and individuals in the community who truly inspire me. Their lives and the stories that they tell move me to action. I am humbled to be able to serve these individuals and our greater community in any way that I can.”
Dr. Kathleen Hetherington
Dr. Kathleen Hetherington is the fourth president of Howard Community College and the first in its nearly 41-year history to have begun an academic career by earning an associate degree from a community college. She leads an institution that is nationally recognized for its strong academic programs, innovative approaches to instruction, and student support services. Howard Community College continues to be one of the fastest growing community colleges in Maryland; the college currently enrolls nearly 30,000 credit and noncredit students annually. Under the leadership of Dr. Hetherington the college has received a number of accolades including the 2007 U.S. Senate Productivity Award for Organizational Performance Excellence, and its designation by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” and an honor roll college in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Dr. Hetherington has also lent her expertise to expanding the college’s campus. Her efforts have resulted in the major renovation of such key campus buildings as the Patrick & Jill McCuan Hall and Smith Theatre, which is housed by the Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, as well as the James Clark, Jr. Library Hall, the first building constructed on campus in 1970. Dr. Hetherington also oversaw the expansion of the Children’s Learning Center, the only lab school in Howard County, and the construction of a second parking garage, comprised of 723 spaces, to accommodate increased enrollment. Most recently, HCC broke ground for a new state-of-the-art health sciences building, which is scheduled to open in January of 2013, and began the design of a new science, engineering and technology building.
An advocate of community service and a leader in Howard County, as well as throughout the state, Dr. Hetherington has most recently served on the boards of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Festival of the Arts. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and previously served on the Partnership Board of United Way of Central Maryland.