With more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration leadership, Dr. Debra L. McCurdy began her tenure on May 1, 2019, as Baltimore City Community College’s 14th president after being unanimously chosen by Baltimore City Community College’s Board of Trustees.
She succeeds James H. Johnson, Jr. who served as Interim President for one year, and Gordon F. May who served as President for four years.
Dr. McCurdy’s background includes serving for 11 years as President of Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; nine years as Provost and Chief Operating Officer at Georgia Perimeter College-Dunwoody Campus; and seven years as Clark Atlanta University’s Assistant and Associate Provost. Dr. McCurdy studied at Bowling Green State University where she earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctoral degrees.
Dr. McCurdy hasn’t announced specific changes or plans for BCCC, which has a student body of approximately 14,000. She says this summer has been focused on creating a strategic plan for the infrastructure and operations of the community college.
In a recent conversation with Greater Baltimore Committee about an upcoming Sept. 27 Newsmaker Breakfast in which she will be the featured speaker, Dr. McCurdy said, “The College is in the heart of the city, and it is the heart of this city. And, it needs to rise to that strength.”
“BCCC has all the right stuff, but we need to reposition many of those things so we can realize our full potential.”