CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis named 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award honoree by Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Nov 22, 2019 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Baltimore County, Md. — Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis has been named a 2019 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award honoree by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. President Kurtinitis received the award at a reception held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Center Club in Baltimore. The proceeds of the event support various personal growth and service programs for underprivileged Scouts.

Each year, the Baltimore Area Council selects one or more recipients to be honored with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award, a prestigious national award presented to individuals who demonstrate involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for scouts and other youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. This is in fulfillment of Dr. Young’s dream of justice and equality for all.

“I am extremely honored to receive the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award,” said Dr. Kurtinitis, president of CCBC since 2005. “I believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience the many fulfilling and character-building programs available to them through Scouting, no matter what their background is. I am especially impressed with the Baltimore Area Council and their efforts to serve youth throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area who could otherwise not afford to participate.”

Dr. Kurtinitis is an experienced and respected educator, administrator and author. A community college professional for more than 50 years, she remains a dynamic leader and a tireless supporter of community colleges and their mission.

Under Dr. Kurtinitis’ leadership, CCBC has made significant strides in improving service to students while strengthening its operational areas to best support instruction. She has brought strong central leadership across the college while fostering a collaborative, learning-centered environment throughout the institution.

Kurtinitis has received countless awards throughout her career to include one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs (2018), the Icon Honor from the Maryland Daily Record (2018), the Leadership Baltimore County Community Leadership Award (2017) and the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from the Phi theta Kappa Honor Society (2017). She is also a Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame Inductee (2015).


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Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, more than 63,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. CCBC is nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies, among the nation’s top associate degree producers, and designated as a Military Times Best College 2018.

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