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Anne Arundel Community College has grow tremendously over the years. Learn about the college's history and its leadership.  
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On Jan. 2, 1961, the county Board of Education established Anne Arundel Community College, a comprehensive community center of higher learning. The college opened in September that year for 270 students in late-afternoon and evening classes in temporary quarters at Severna Park High School.

  • Dr. Andrew G. Truxal became our first president. We moved to our own 165-acre Arnold campus in September 1967. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, now known as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, awarded us full accreditation in April 1968.
  • Dr. Robert P. Ludlum became our second college president upon the retirement of Dr. Truxal Aug. 1, 1968. He oversaw the expansion of the college on our new campus and retired June 30, 1976.
  • Dr. Justus D. Sundermann served as our third president, July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1979.
  • Dr. Thomas E. Florestano became our fourth president July 1, 1979 until his retirement June 30, 1994. During his tenure, the campus expanded in size to 230 acres and grew in enrollment, programs and services as a comprehensive community college. 
  • In 1994 and again in 2004, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (now the Middle States Commission on Higher Education) reaffirmed our accreditation without condition and the Maryland Higher Education Commission gave its approval of the college's programs and services; the National League for Nursing granted accreditation to our nursing sequence, as did the Maryland Board of Nursing.
  • On Aug. 1, 1994, Dr. Martha A. Smith became the college's fifth president. Her first message to faculty and staff declared student success comes first. She shared a vision that the college would be among the first in the nation to meet the call for higher expectations, to rethink the way we educate our students — to respond to the challenges of a global economy and to make our students among the best prepared citizens and workers of the world.
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