Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Cynthia Peterka has served as vice president of student services at Howard Community College since 2007. Dr. Peterka has over 30 years of successful administrative experience in student services. In her role as vice president, Dr. Peterka oversees the offices of admissions and advising, records and registration, financial aid services, counseling and career services, athletics, student life, the learning assistance center, the test center, the welcome and information center, and the Children's Learning Center. With the vice president of academic affairs, she co-chairs HCC’s College Completion Initiative.
On campus, Dr. Peterka volunteers as a StepUP coach for HCC students, mentoring and providing them with support and encouragement as they navigate college. In the Howard County community, Dr. Peterka serves as a member of the United Way Partnership Board of Howard County and was a member of the 2009 class of Leadership Howard County. She is also an active member of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and College Student Educators International (ACPA) professional student affairs associations.
Dr. Peterka has an undergraduate degree in English from Florida State University, where she was a student athlete playing on the women’s golf team. She also earned a masters of science degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah, a masters of liberal arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from University of Maryland in policy, planning, and administration in higher education, with a research focus on diversity and student learning in learning communities.