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‘A True Leader’: Dr. Kathleen Hetherington Leaves a Legacy at Howard Community College

After 22 illustrious years at Howard Community College, Dr. Kathleen Hetherington is set to retire on Oct. 1. Throughout her tenure at HCC, Dr. Hetherington has made it her purpose to create a positive, safe and enjoyable atmosphere at our school and has sculpted HCC into a respected and distinguished institution. As the school’s fourth president since the college opened in 1970, Dr. Hetherington’s work has led our school to national prominence for its academic programs, and our student population has blossomed to over 26,000.

Dr. Hetherington’s tenacity as president allowed every student at HCC to learn in an enriching and supportive environment. With her retirement approaching, students and staff are saddened to see her go, but grateful for her contributions and hard work.

Andrea Campbell was a student at HCC who graduated this past summer. While at HCC, Campbell participated in Step UP!, a program that pairs students with a mentor to help them navigate issues they face as college students. As Campbell’s coach, Dr. Hetherington was always prepared to deliver support, resources and answers to any questions Campbell had.

“She would point out resources and helpful events that were coming up…” Campbell explained. “If I needed assistance…she would be there.”

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