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Montgomery College Interim President Deemed Outstanding Leader Dr. Hercules Pinkney to Receive Sandy Spring Bank Outstanding Leadership Award

Leadership Montgomery has named Dr. Hercules Pinkney, interim president of Montgomery College, as the recipient of its 2010 Sandy Spring Bank Outstanding Leadership Award. Dr. Pinkney will receive the award at Leadership Montgomery’s 21st Annual Celebration of Leadership this Thursday, June 10 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville. Several Montgomery County business, government, and education leaders nominated Dr. Pinkney for the award. Esther Newman, executive director of Leadership Montgomery, cited Pinkney’s “transformational leadership” of the College as the reason for his selection. Leadership Montgomery is an organization that recognizes, rewards, and fosters exemplary leadership.

“I am honored to accept this award,” Dr. Pinkney said. “I believe good leaders must have a solid foundation. My strength and support comes from my faith, family, education and service to the community. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career to serve as interim president of Montgomery College, a wonderful educational institution that truly changes lives.” In September 2009, just two months after his official retirement from the College, the Board of Trustees asked Dr. Pinkney to lead Montgomery College. As the interim president, Dr. Pinkney has made a positive impact by building relationships across local, county, and state levels during one of the College’s most challenging periods.

A former vice president and provost of the College’s Germantown Campus, Dr. Pinkney previously led efforts to develop an innovative center for bioscience, research, and business development. He also served as the campus’s chief academic and student services administrator, and he provided oversight for information technology programs, distance learning, service learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Student Employment Services, and the Carl D. Perkins Grant program.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Dr. Pinkney to two terms on the state’s 15-member Life Sciences Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a board member for the Tech Council of Maryland and the Universities of Shady Grove. Within Montgomery County, Dr. Pinkney serves on the board of directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and he chairs the Interagency Technology Policy and Coordination Committee. He formerly served on the board of Leadership Montgomery and as chair of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC).

A lifelong educator, Dr. Pinkney joined Montgomery College in 1979. He served as an assistant dean in continuing education unit until 1983, when he was named the unit’s acting provost. Dr. Pinkney has held administrative positions at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., and at the Federal City College in Washington, D.C.

As part of the award, Dr. Pinkney will receive $1,000 in recognition of his leadership and another $1,000 for the charity of his choice. He will donate $500 to the Montgomery College Foundation for student scholarships; $500 to the University System of Maryland Foundation for transfer scholarships for Montgomery College students to attend the Universities at Shady Grove; $500 to Leadership Montgomery Core program scholarships; and $500 to Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church, Capital Campaign Support.

For more information about Dr. Pinkney and his leadership of Montgomery College, visit

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