Barbara Van Winkle, Nancy Adams Personnel
Howard Community College (HCC) is one of Barb Van Winkle’s favorite places to be. Since relocating to Columbia in the 1970’s, she has witnessed the campus transform from a small school with just a handful of academic buildings to a prestigious community college bearing national awards and accolades. Over the years, she has interacted with thousands of people whose lives have been positively impacted by their experiences at HCC. And she considers it a privilege to be part of it all.
“I am very passionate about education and the great work that is being done at HCC every single day,” said Van Winkle, president of Nancy Adams Personnel and a tenured member of HCC Educational Foundation board of directors. “This is a community college that offers tremendous programs, services, and value. Serving as a long-term member on the Foundation’s board of directors is one of the things I am most proud of in my life.”
Van Winkle has stood as one of HCC’s greatest supporters, serving as a member of the HCC Educational Foundation board of directors since 1998, including four years of leadership as chair (2002-2006). Additionally, she chairs the committee for the Silas Craft Collegians Program’s annual fundraising dinner, held in March of each year to support the program’s endowment and program fund.
“The Silas Craft Collegians Program offers a wealth of resources to help new college students understand their academic potential, and strive to achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Van Winkle. “I love hearing stories from students who have gained critically important life skills by being part of this program.”
Last year, Van Winkle decided to pursue a new role at HCC: student. Fascinated with the human body and eager to learn more about it, she registered for an anatomy and physiology course, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with people on campus in a new and exciting way.
“I simply love to learn, and I love being on campus,” said Van Winkle. “I definitely plan to take more classes in the future.”
Most recently Van Winkle was nominated for Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame Award. It’s a testament to her service to the community, including the contributions she has made to HCC over the past several decades.