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Columbia MD, 21044
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312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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President's Team

The president’s team consists of the president; vice presidents; executive director of planning, research, and organizational development; executive director of public relations and marketing; and the executive associate to the president. The team manages the operations of the college and receives recommendations from the functional units, planning council, and college council.

Chris Heston, Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance

Cindy Peterka, Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Cindy Peterka

Dr. Peterka provides leadership of a comprehensive range of strategic initiatives, services, policies, and procedures with the goal of supporting students' success. She oversees the offices of admissions and advising, records, registration, and veterans affairs, financial aid services, counseling and career services, athletics, student life, the learning assistance center, the test center, the welcome and information center, and student conduct.  She also co-chairs HCC’s College Completion Initiative and co-coordinates Title IX efforts. Dr. Peterka's Bio.

Jean Svacina, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Jean Svacina

Dr. Svacina's vision and direction guide HCC's academic policies, procedures, and programs. She provides leadership, management and supervision of all academic divisions including the continuing education and workforce development division, as well as teaching and learning services, the Center for Service Learning, international education, eLearning, and instructional enrichment programs. Dr. Svacina also co-chairs the college's College Completion Initiative. Dr. Svacina's Bio.


Linda Wu, Vice President of Information Technology

Jean Svacina

Ms. Wu is responsible for Howard Community College’s technological vision, providing direction to the college’s information technology areas. She collaboratively develops the strategic planning, implementation, and maintenance of the technology environment, ensuring that it aligns with the college’s initiatives. Ms. Wu provides leadership to and is responsible for the success of administrative information systems, which includes web services; information security which includes cybersecurity; student computer support which includes audio visual services; user and network services which includes the Technology Service Center and the print shop. Ms. Wu's Bio.

Elizabeth Homan, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Elizabeth HomanMs. Homan leads HCC’s efforts in strategic communications, public relations, and marketing, which includes the oversight of social media, creative services, photography, the college website, and college television and radio stations. In addition, she strengthens government relations outreach by serving as a liaison to legislators at both the state and county levels. She also co-chairs the enrollment management team. Ms. Homan's Bio.


Zoe Irvin, Executive Director Planning, Research, and Organizational Development

Zoe IrvinMs. Irvin serves as HCC's accreditation liaison officer, monitors the achievement of the institutional effectiveness plan, and is responsible for providing research design, evaluation and planning services, as well as the development and implementation of best practices at HCC. She also leads the college’s planning council. Ms. Irvin's Bio.


Cheryl Cudzilo, Executive Associate to the President

Zoe IrvinCheryl Cudzilo supports both the president and the board of trustees at HCC, serving as the board liaison to the college and as a member of the president's core team. Additionally, she works with college faculty and staff on issues originating from both the board and the president. Ms. Cudzilo's Bio.



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