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The College’s Distinguished Alumni Award honors the achievements of a former student who has attained outstanding success in his or her chosen profession, demonstrated a commitment to the community, and maintained an interest in and service to Harford Community College.

Lifelong Harford County resident Charles H. Jacobs, Jr., began a highly successful banking career in 1976. A graduate of Aberdeen High School, Mr. Jacobs attended Harford Community College and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College of Business and Management. He advanced to become a member of the Board of Directors and was named President/Chief Executive Officer of Harford Bank in 1999.

Mr. Jacobs has been actively involved in the banking industry, holding leadership positions with the Maryland Bankers Association, Maryland Financial Bank, and the Maryland Banking School.

Under his leadership, Harford Bank has been recognized as a valued corporate citizen by the City of Aberdeen, Harford County, and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. In 1997, Harford Bank received the Harford Award. In addition, the Maryland Banker’s Association awarded Harford Bank First Place in 2004 for their Education Award for “Young Adult Outreach.” In 2010, the Bank was named the Harford County Philanthropist of the Year.

Through his community activities, Mr. Jacobs has sought to improve the quality of life for county residents, coaching youth sports, volunteering as a member of the Aberdeen Lions Club, and serving on the Aberdeen Stadium Committee, as well as the committee that gained Aberdeen its “All America City” designation. Mr. Jacobs also chaired the committee to celebrate Aberdeen’s Centennial Celebration.

Mr. Jacobs has remained committed to the College since his earlier time on campus and has served on the Alumni Committee for many years. On the HCC Foundation Board since 2006, Mr. Jacobs and Harford Bank are members of the HCC President’s Circle and continue to be committed to the success of Harford Community College and its students. The College proudly presented the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017 to Charles H. Jacobs, Jr., at its Fifty-Ninth Annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  

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