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Howard Community College Honors James N. Robey With Esteemed Award Honoring Service to College and Community

The Howard Community College Board of Trustees awarded its Senator James Clark, Jr. Medal today to James N. Robey to recognize his longstanding service to Howard County and Howard Community College. Robey, who previously served as chief of the Howard County Police Department, Howard County executive, and Maryland state senator, was honored during the college’s celebration of its 45th anniversary.

“James Robey has dedicated 48 years to Howard County and the state of Maryland as a public servant,” said Edmund Coale, III, chair of the Howard Community College Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Howard Community College Board of Trustees, thank you to Mr. Robey for his dedicated service to the community and his unwavering support of the college.”

The Senator James Clark, Jr. Medal was established by the Howard Community College Trustees in 2006 in recognition of the contributions made by Senator Clark to Howard County and Howard Community College. The medal is given by the college to recognize those individuals whose character and accomplishments reflect the life values of Senator Clark. Previous recipients include Victor Broccolino, Dr. Edward Cochran, Dr. Sydney Cousin, Leola Dorsey, Padraic M. Kennedy, Dessie and James Moxley, Jr. and Richard Talkin.

“Howard Community College is pleased to honor a pillar of our community, a distinguished statesman, a dedicated public servant, and a very good friend of Howard Community College,” said Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, president of Howard Community College.

Appointed as chief of the Howard County Police Department in 1991, Robey served in this role until his retirement in 1998 to run for county executive. He was elected and served two terms, starting in 1998 and again in 2002. In 2006, he was elected to the Maryland Senate to represent Howard County District 13, and served as a senator from January 2007 to January 2015.

Founded in 1966 as the fourteenth of Maryland’s 16 community colleges, Howard Community College opened its doors to students exactly 45 years ago on October 12, 1970. At today’s college celebration, faculty, staff, and students honored Clark Medal recipient James Robey, and one of the college’s first faculty members, Vladimir Marinich, shared memories about the college’s early days. Displays of historical photographs and a special anniversary cake were also available.

Photos from the Clark Medal ceremony are available online at:

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