July 19, 2012
(Columbia, MD) — Howard Community College (HCC) President Kathleen Hetherington has been awarded the 2012 Brava! Award by SmartCEO magazine for her outstanding leadership skills and commitment to community service. A panel of local business leaders from Greater Baltimore selected this year’s slate of 25 award winners from numerous nominations of leading women executives. A ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 11, at the American Visionary Art Museum to honor and congratulate the 2012 winners.
Dr. Kathleen Hetherington is the fourth president of Howard Community College and the first in its 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. 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 and the construction of a second parking garage, which is comprised of 723 spaces. Most recently, HCC broke ground for its first “green” building, 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.
“It is an honor to accept this award and to be included in the company of such impressive women leaders in the Greater Baltimore area,” said Dr. Hetherington. “I accept the Brava! Award on behalf of all Howard Community College students, faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to excellence every day.”