Student Lisa Noll was honored by the board for making the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Noll, an education major and a Bel Air High School graduate, represented Harford Community College and Maryland on the national team.
Rick Johnson, vice president for finance and operations, updated the board on capital projects around campus, including the scheduled opening of the new tennis courts at sunrise Wednesday.
Johnson said the "Harford blue" courts will typically be open from dawn to 11 p.m., and lights are available from sunset to 11 p.m.
More than 3,700 solar panels are also being installed around campus, starting on the roof of the Chesapeake Center, to provide the college with a source of alternative energy.
Johnson said construction continues on the Towson Building on the west side of Thomas Run Road, including earthworks, grading for the parking lots and some pouring of concrete.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for May 30.
"There will certainly be something to see for the groundbreaking," Johnson said.
A 1.1-mile walking trail is under construction, connecting the Observatory to the edge of Prospect Mill Park.
During the construction process, a stone land marker dating to 1803 was uncovered.
"We think it's going to be a great asset to all of us," Johnson said of the trail.
The board unanimously approved a $128,068.50 purchase of 150 desktop computers, monitors and stands, part of the college's regular efforts to "refresh" its computer resources.
The board approved a one-semester sabbatical for James Karmel, an associate professor of history. Karmel will spend the spring 2014 semester researching the history of casinos in Maryland for the proposed Harford Institute for History and Culture.