Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D
Howard Community College
Kathleen Hetherington is the fourth president of Howard Community College and the first to be a community college graduate. Her career, spanning more than 35 years, has been dedicated to work in community colleges.
“I am a proud community college graduate,” she says. “The work that happens at a community college is transformative to our students’ lives. They receive a quality education at an affordable price that prepares them for the workforce.”
Hetherington has been president of the college since 2007. Prior to that, she was executive vice president, capital campaign manager and vice president of student services at HCC. Hetherington says she is honored to lead such an outstanding college, whose mission is “providing pathways to success.”
Evidence of student success abounds throughout the college, she says. “With a focus on continuous improvement, the college rewards innovation, creativity, and forward-thinking ways of ensuring that Howard County residents receive the best educational experience.”
HCC is the only community college in the state to be recognized as a “Great College To Work For” for nine consecutive years by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It is also a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for best practice, Hetherington says.
As Howard County’s only college, HCC fills an important need in the region, she says. “We respond to the workforce needs of our community. We serve as a center of learning for students right out of high school as well as older students and we are a cultural center for the county through our offerings in visual and performing arts.”