Community, Business Leaders to Examine Future of HCC

Mary Ann Scully to Chair Commission

(Columbia, MD) – Educational needs and interests appearing on Howard County’s horizon will be the focus of the Commission on the Future of Howard Community College (HCC), a group of community and business leaders formed to provide recommendations that will guide academic planning at the college.

Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank, will chair the Commission.

Under Scully’s leadership, the group will begin meeting September 19 to identify innovative ideas, emerging issues, and alternatives for the college’s future. The commission will be organized into six task forces that will examine the areas of environmental sustainability, workforce development, preparing healthcare professionals, new programs for the future, global education, and creating a leading-edge learning organization.

First convened in 1998, the Commission on the Future examines emerging educational trends every five years. In interim years, the commission receives annual updates on the status of the recommendations.

”The commission has been an invaluable service to the college for researching and meeting the needs of the community,” said HCC President Kate Hetherington. “Its guidance has enabled HCC to stay on the cutting edge of educational programming.”

“The college is very grateful for the time and expertise being volunteered by the commission members,” Hetherington said.  “We are extremely fortunate to have Mary Ann Scully leading this effort, a dynamic person who has contributed much to the college and the community.”

A former trustee of the HCC Foundation Board and member of the Campaign Council, Scully chairs the Howard County United Way Partnership Board and serves on the Board of the United Way of Central Maryland. She is a Horizon Foundation Board trustee, vice chair of the Columbia Foundation board and a vice chair of the advisory board of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. 

In 2007, Scully was recognized as an honoree in the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame and named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Maryland program. In 2002, 2005 and 2007, Scully was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, was one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2004 “Enterprising Women” and was a 2005 Alumni Laureate honoree for Loyola College.

Chairing the commission’s six task forces are:

  • Judith Krieg, University of Maryland, Baltimore - Preparing Health Care Professionals
  • Shirley Collier, Optemax - Creating a Leading Edge Learning Organization
  • Nayab Siddiqui, Scientific Systems and Software International - Global Education
  • Sam Seymour, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - New Programs for the Future
  • Dick Story, Howard County Economic Development Authority - Workforce Development
  • Carl Nelson, Corporate Office Properties Trust - Environmental Sustainability

The commission will hold its first meeting September 19, 8 a.m. on the fourth floor of The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Media Contact:  Mike Scrivener, HCC Public Relations & Marketing, 443-367-3133