A Timeline of HCC

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  • 1939: Maryland Legislature approves creation of junior colleges
  • 1955: Dr. Thomas Pullen’s report on MD education, calling for state funding of jr colleges
  • 1957, Sept 11: Harford Junior College’s first day of classes at Bel Air Senior High School
  • 1957-1963: Dr. John Musselman is first president of College
  • 1961, April: Maryland Legislature votes to provide matching funds for construction of junior colleges
  • 1962, May: Harford County Board of Education purchases Prospect Hill Farm to house HJC
  • 1963, Sept 18: Groundbreaking ceremony for new campus on site of Prospect Hill Farm
  • 1964-1967: Dr. Alfred O’Connell serves as second president of College
  • 1964, Sept 14: HJC’s fall semester begins with first classes on new campus
  • 1964, Oct 25: Official dedication ceremony for new campus: Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Maryland (originally the library) Halls were newly constructed, with two barns for a theater and a gymnasium, and several houses and other buildings for faculty and administration
  • 1965: Harford County Board of Education (as HJC Board of Trustees) authorizes funding for more buildings
  • 1965, July: “Dean of Instruction (later, Dean of College)” and “Director of Evening Division and Summer Session (later, Dean of Continuing Education)” positions created
  • 1966, Sept: Nursing program (associate’s degree leading to R.N. licensing test) added
  • 1967, Spring: HJC receives accreditation from Middle States Accreditation Association
  • 1967-1971: Joseph Hankin (formerly Director of Evening Division & Summer Session) is third president
  • 1968: Havre de Grace Hall, Joppa Hall (originally shared with Harford County Board of Education as Joint Vocational Technical School) and Chesapeake Center (administration and theater), and Susquehanna Center (pool and gym) all built by this time
  • 1971, July 1: Name changes from Harford Junior College to Harford Community College (HCC)
  • 1972-1976: Dr. Kenneth Oosting is forth president of HCC
  • 1974: Old barn razed for construction of new Library (became student center 2001)
  • 1974: HCC more independent from County Board of Education: 7 of 9 trustees picked by MD governor, and 2 of 9 picked by Board of Ed
  • 1976-1977: Ralph Jordan serves as President
  • 1977-1989: Dr. Alfred O’Connell rehired as President
  • 1989-1994: Dr. Richard Pappas serves as College’s sixth president
  • 1990, Spring: Commencement returns to HCC campus, after 18 years at Hunt Valley Inn
  • 1994: Edgewood Hall (continuing ed, training, electrical ed, sheriff’s training academy) built
  • 1995-2004: Dr. Claudia Chiesi serves as seventh president of HCC
  • 1997: Fallston Hall built
  • 2000: Amoss Center – performing arts theater shared with Harford Tech built
  • 2000: New library built (where Alumni Hall, an original building) once stood
  • 2005-2010: Dr. James LaCalle servse as eighth president
  • 2006, Oct: Articulation agreement with Towson signed
  • 2009-2010?: Aberdeen Hall is remodeled with additions
  • 2010-2016: Dr. Dennis Golladay is ninth president of HCC
  • 2016-Present: Dr. Dianna G. Phillips is tenth president of HCC

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