CCBC names Michael Carper 2023 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Jun 26, 2023 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County is pleased to announce that Michael Carper has been named the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Carper is a 1986 graduate of CCBC, where he earned his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He began his career with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in 1987 as an entry-level assistant project engineer and worked his way up to vice president in 2013. In 2021, Carper was promoted to division vice president, where he manages a group of more than 130 construction professionals.

Since 2014, he has volunteered his time to CCBC and the Foundation, working to support the Male Student Success Initiative (MSSI), the college’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) program, the annual fundraising gala, alumni crab feast, Global Education program, President’s Innovation Fund and many other events and programs. For the past eight years, Carper has served on the CCBC Foundation Board of Directors, including three years as Board president.

Over the years, with the support and guidance of Carper, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company has interned, hired and trained many CCBC students and alums for various positions within the organization.

“Mr. Carper’s commitment, leadership and philanthropic support to the college makes him one of the most influential and central figures in the CCBC Foundation’s history,” said Ken Westary, CCBC’s vice president of Institutional Advancement. “He is the epitome of what it means to be a CCBC alumnus.”

In addition to his work with CCBC, Carper is also involved with numerous community organizations, including Kennedy Krieger Institute's Annual "Block Kids" Day, Harford Family House, Catholic Charities, Boys and Girls Club of Central Maryland and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.

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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, nearly 50,000 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. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2022 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

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