April 11, 2000
Dr. Edna V. Baehre, president of Harrisburg Area Community College, was presented with the 2000 Carolyn Desjardins Presidential Award for Outstanding Service and Support by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) during the annual conference held in Washington, D.C. Dr. Baehre was recognized for her achievements and outstanding leadership as president of HACC since 1997.

Under Dr. Baehre's guidance, the four-campus college has seen a reorganization of its administrative structure, and has developed and implemented a master plan. With her direction, what was the Gettysburg Center is now a campus, and, most recently, the Lancaster Campus will break ground for its new campus off Old Philadelphia Pike in Lancaster on April 14. Dr. Baehre also was recognized for her support of the AAWCC and its sister organization, the National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD), which was founded by Carolyn Desjardins.

"I am humbled by the recognition," says Dr. Baehre. "I was neither aware, nor did I seek it; I thought that what I was doing was fulfilling the expectation for the job as college president. It does mean a lot to me personally, having been guided by Dr. Desjardins to pursue my dream of obtaining a college presidency."

The NILD is an international leadership program for women administrators and faculty in higher education designed to enhance the skills participants need to assume major decision-making roles at their institutions. It includes institutional practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting, organizational transformation and discussions with national experts on the issues confronting higher education. Dr. Baehre participated with Dr. Carolyn Desjardins in the NILD leadership program in 1988.

Members of the AAWCC endeavor to be committed to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior, and technical colleges. That commitment is translated into action at the national, regional, state, and local level through AAWCC programs, activities, and services.

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