President of the Community College of Baltimore County since 2005, Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis is an experienced and respected educator, administrator and author. After more than 50 years as a community college professional, Dr. Kurtinitis remains a tireless and dynamic supporter of CCBC’s mission: to provide an accessible, affordable, and high-quality education that prepares students for transfer and career success, strengthens the regional workforce, and enriches our community.
Dr. Kurtinitis is committed to furthering the impact of community colleges nationally as well. She serves as the current chair-elect of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors where she has held membership since 2015. AACC represents more than 1,200 institutions and 12 million students across the U.S.
She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and the Community College Humanities Association.
A self-described servant-leader, Dr. Kurtinitisis 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 supports a lean executive structure, bringing strong central leadership across the college while fostering a collaborative, learning-centered environment throughout the institution.
Educating more than 60,000 students annually, CCBC has received many accolades during Dr. Kurtinitis’ tenure. CCBC twice has been awarded the prestigious Kohlberg Prize for the college’s work in championing issues related to student-veterans, and is a recipient of the Leah Meyer Austin Leadership Award for Student Success, presented by Achieving the Dream. Community College Week has named CCBC among the “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the United States.
With a reputation as a thought-provoking leader, Dr. Kurtinitis is regularly called upon as a trusted resource for local, county and state legislators, and has received several invitations to the White House to participate in discussions regarding higher education and college attainment.