CCBC president honored as Influential Marylander
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:52

College head recognized by Daily Record

by Nicole Rodman

    Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), was surprised when she recently received an e-mail from The Daily Record naming her as a 2013 Influential Marylander.    
    While she had no idea that she was being considered for the honor, Kurtinitis was nontheless pleased.
    “I was delighted to hear that I had been nominated and recognized,” she explained during a phone interview with The Eagle last Friday.
    She added, “I am very gratified but I am also humbled.”
    Kurtinitis joined CCBC as president in 2005. Since that time, she has accumulated numerous awards, including the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Pacesetter Award and the Optimist Club of Dundalk’s 2012 Humanitarian of the Year.
    Now, Kurtinitis is celebrating a new honor.
    Since 2006, The Daily Record, a Maryland newspaper focusing on business and legal news, has honored prominent citizens with the Influential Marylander award.
    Winners are named in a broad variety of fields, including civic leadership, communications, education, finance, health care, law and philanthropy.

Among this year’s winners are such notables as the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis, WPOC’s Laurie DeYoung and, of course, Kurtinitis herself.
    While Kurtinitis said she appreciates the honor, she is quick to note that her job has been its own reward.
    “I do it because I love it,” Kurtinitis said of her role at CCBC, noting that helping the community has been her reward for the past seven years.
    In 2005, Kurtinitis came to Maryland after 16 years  in the Massachusetts community college system.
    In her time in Maryland, however, Kurtinitis has grown to appreciate the state’s approach to education.
    “I truly believe that Maryland truly understands the importance and value of education,” she explained.
    Rather than commend herself, Kurtinitis attributes her success at CCBC to the college’s faculty, staff, students and board of trustees.
    As she explained, she has “excellent support and the confidence of a “great board of trustees” and “the trust and confidence of most of the 4,000 people that work for [CCBC].”
    “I am a figurehead so my name gets attached to awards,” she explained, adding, “but it is a team effort.”
    While she is excited about her latest honor, Kurtinitis is also looking forward to some big events happening on the campuses of CCBC.
    As Kurtinitis explained, with the help of the governor and legislature (most notably the Baltimore County delegation) CCBC has been able to “jumpstart a long-stagnant capital agenda.”
    CCBC is currently in the middle of a $280 million upgrade that will result in new and renovated facilities at each of the three CCBC campuses.
    Just last May, CCBC Dundalk cut the ribbon on a $6.7 million upgrade to the K and L buildings.
    These upgrades included much-needed renovations to the aging campus library.
    Kurtinitis is also excited about CCBC’s new “Achieving the Dream” initiative.
    Achieving the Dream is a national initiative designed to help community college students succeed academically.
    The initiative seeks to aid students, especially those facing barriers to success, in graduating and going on to further education and successful careers.
    According to Kurtinitis, the initiative is an effort to “use [CCBC’s] resources to better assist students on the way to success.”
    For now, Kurtinitis is excited for the future of her ever-growing college and the success of the students that come through its doors.