The Howard Community College Board of Trustees has named Edmund “Skip” Coale III as chair. Coale is a senior partner with Coale, Pripstein, and Associates PA, a Columba-based accounting firm. He has more than 40 years of experience in public accounting, having been a certified public accountant in Maryland since 1974 and specializing in a wide range of fields, including federal and state taxes, startup assistance and consulting, financing and capital structure, and general business consulting. He is a graduate of Leadership Howard County. Coale was recognized as a Washington Smart CPA, the 2001 Accountant Advocate of the Year for Maryland by the Small Business Administration and one of Maryland’s Smart CPAs by the Baltimore SmartCEO magazine in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.