Anne Arundel Community College President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D., was named one of the Influential Marylanders of 2012 recently by the Maryland Daily Record.
Smith, who has led AACC for almost 18 years, was recognized for her influence in education. Locally, she works with government, education and business partners to develop programs and opportunities for students at AACC and with fellow community college presidents through the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.
Smith also is an active participant on boards of both state and national education and workforce organizations. Three separate Maryland governors appointed her to the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. Current Gov. Martin O’Malley also named her to the Maryland Education Council and as the Maryland representative on the national Education Commission of the States. In addition, Smith is a member of the Executive Committee of the board of directors of the 800-member international League for Innovation in the Community College, a charter member of The Education Council of the Manufacturing Institute and was appointed to the Association of Community College Trustees’ Charles Kennedy Award Committee. She also is a past board member of the American Council on Education.
While at AACC, she has initiated efforts to improve student achievement, retention and program completion; oversaw the expansion of technology both in new academic programming and in new or renovated facilities; and worked with community partners to create programs that meet regional economic needs. All of these initiatives helped bring the college national and state recognition and awards and led to the college being the recipient of several multi-million-dollar workforce training grants and other major grants to create programs to help students succeed.
Prior to coming to AACC, Smith was president of Dundalk Community College (now Community College of Baltimore County at Dundalk) for seven years. She will retire from AACC on Aug. 1 after a quarter of a century of leading Maryland community colleges.
About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year with classes offered throughout the county and online. National and regional award-winning studies help you earn a degree, certificate or industry credential, or transfer to a four-year institution. You also can pursue career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. AACC began celebrating its 50th anniversary last fall.