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Howard Community College President Named 2018 Influential Marylander

Dr. Kate Hetherington Selected for Prestigious Award By The Daily Record
Kate Heatherington honored by The Daily Record.

Columbia, MD – Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College, has been selected by The Daily Record to receive its 2018 Influential Maryland award. She is one of 57 Marylanders chosen by The Daily Record’s editors for leadership and significant contributions to their respective fields: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate, and technology. 

“I am a proud community college graduate who has worked at community colleges my entire career. The work that happens at a community college is transformative, and students receive a quality education that prepares them for the workforce,” said Dr. Hetherington. “I share this award with the faculty and staff at Howard Community College, who are committed to our mission of providing pathways to success.”

Dr. Hetherington has served as president of HCC since 2007, leading an institution nationally recognized for its strong academic programs and innovative approaches to instruction. Under her leadership, Howard Community College has grown to 30,000 credit and noncredit students. Supporting this enrollment growth has resulted in college facilities construction and improvements, including a new health sciences building, and a science, engineering, and technology building that opened in 2017.

With her student-centered approach to leadership, she has revamped the college strategic planning process, added academic programs in high-demand fields, and focused on increasing degree completion and transfer to four-year colleges and universities. At the conclusion of the 2016–2017 academic year, more than 1,300 students received an associate degree or certificate. Looking across a seven-year period, the college’s graduation rate increased a record 92 percent—the highest percentage increase among all of Maryland’s 16 community colleges.

During her tenure as president, Howard Community College has achieved recognition as a Great College to Work For from The Chronicle of Higher Education for nine consecutive years. HCC is the only community college in Maryland to have achieved this record status. 

Dr. Hetherington maintains strong ties to the community and strives to enhance the college’s partnerships with businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and government. The Daily Record recognized Dr. Hetherington as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and named her to the Circle of Excellence. 

Dr. Hetherington currently serves as commissioner on the Education Commission of the States. In addition, she is a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, Community Colleges for International Development, Chair Academy, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, and the Howard County Economic Development Authority. She also serves on the Board of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the advisory committee of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and the executive committee of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents.

The Daily Record launched the Influential Marylanders in 2007 to recognize those who are leaving a mark on their communities throughout the state. 

"The 2018 Influential Marylanders work tirelessly to excel in their careers, but they work just as hard to spark innovation and progress, meeting a variety of challenges in Maryland and beyond," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "They have qualities we aspire to emulate and accomplishments we admire. They are examples for us all. The Daily Record is honored to recognize them."

The 2018 Influential Marylanders awards were presented Thursday, March 22, 2018, at a reception and dinner at The Grand Lodge, 304 International Circle in Cockeysville. Winners were profiled in a special magazine that was inserted into the March 23 issue of The Daily Record and available online at

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