Howard Community College recently awarded its highest honor to Victor Broccolino, president and chief executive officer of Howard County General Hospital.

Broccolino was awarded the Senator James Clark Jr. Medal, the college announced Friday, for his longtime service to the college and the community.

Broccolino has been president and CEO of the hospital since 1990. During that time, the hospital has given the college approximately $400,000, and Broccolino and the hospital are members of the President's Circle at the college — a select group of individuals and organizations whose generosity, leadership and commitment to the college provide support to students.

In the past, the hospital has donated X-ray equipment, including a complete suite, to the college's radiologic technology program. The hospital also provides internships and clinical opportunities for students, and has established a scholarship fund for Career Links students who are health care program majors.


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"Vic has been a great neighbor to Howard Community College and has collaborated with the college on various initiatives that benefit our share community," Kathy Rensin, chairwoman of the college's board of trustees, said in a release.

The Senator James Clark, Jr. Medal was established by the trustees in 2006. Past recipients of the award include Padraic Kennedy, Leola Dorsey and Mr. and Mrs. James Moxley, Jr.

"We are delighted to award the college's most esteemed medal to a man who is committed and dedicated to HCC students," Kate Hetherington, president of the college, said in a release. "The college could not have a better friend or neighbor. Vic has always had our students' futures in mind for the workforce of today and tomorrow."