Dr. Theresa B. Felder

President

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Dr. Theresa B. Felder began her tenure as the 10th President of Harford Community College in January of 2021. She came to Harford Community College from Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, where she most recently served as the Senior Vice President for Student Success.

Prior to serving as Senior Vice President for Student Success, she was the Vice President of Student Affairs, Administrative Dean for Clark State's largest branch campus, the Academic Affairs Coordinator, a College Access Director, and a Workforce Development Coordinator.

Clark State Community College President Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D. remarked that, "Dr. Felder has provided excellent leadership while at Clark State, and the Harford Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students saw in her what we see every day: a passionate advocate for student success, a data-driven decision-maker, a strategic thinker, and an empathetic and future-focused visionary."

Dr. Felder's focus is on providing access to higher education for all students. She is especially passionate about increasing the number of college graduates from first-generation and low-income backgrounds, which was addressed in her doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Felder is also active in the community. She serves on various nonprofit boards in Harford County, including the Harford Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Advisory Board, the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN), the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Harford Business Round Table for Education, and the Harford Leadership Academy Board of Directors.

Dr. Felder started her professional career in corporate accounting and later became an independent consultant, specializing in job readiness and employment training. Dr. Felder completed her doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at Northeastern University, and holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University.

Dr. Felder and her husband, Greg, have settled in Havre de Grace, Maryland. They will be in close proximity to their son, Gregory, who lives in Largo, and works for the World Bank in Washington, DC. Their daughter, Taylor, is currently a junior at Butler University in Indiana. They will also be closer to Dr. Felder's parents and siblings, who live in New York.