CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis receives Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Feb 25, 2020 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis has received the Chief Executive Leadership Award for District II from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE is the global association for professionals in advancement — alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services — who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.

The Chief Executive Leadership Award recognizes a member institution's highest ranking officer for outstanding efforts in promoting the understanding and support of education. This includes demonstrating the ability to create vision and inspire others; establishing a positive image of the institution's stature in the community; and encouraging innovations and risk-taking among employees.

“It is a special honor to receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE,” said Dr. Kurtinitis, president of CCBC since 2005. “Within the community college sector, we are almost always challenged by fiscal constraints leaving us to seek alternative revenue sources to help fund our educational initiatives. We depend upon our talented Advancement staff to help bridge the gap between what public funding provides and what our academic environment demands. I am a big fan of advancement professionals, we couldn’t do the good work we do on behalf of students without their skill and persistence.”

Dr. Kurtinitis is an experienced and respected educator, administrator and author. A self-described “servant-leader,” she is resolutely committed to inclusive leadership and open communication, affirming her belief that the classroom is a far more important place on campus than the executive office.

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 2019.

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