News Release: Barbara Hetrick ‘67 receives McDaniel Alumni Professional Achievement Award

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October 23, 2017

Oct. 23, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Hetrick of Westminster, Md., is a 1967 alumna of the college

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Barbara Hetrick of Westminster, Md., has received the alumni professional achievement award from McDaniel College. She is a 1967 alumna of the college.

Presented annually during McDaniel’s Homecoming, the alumni professional achievement award is presented to a graduate who has gained distinction in her chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on McDaniel College.

A double major in sociology and French, she was active in student government, yearbook, the Student Opportunity Services (SOS), Phi Alpha Mu sorority, Phi Alpha Delta honor society and field hockey during her time at the college. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Hetrick is the past senior vice president and now senior advisor to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), an association of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, as well as state-based councils and other higher education affiliates. In this role, she has been responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of corporate and foundation support and overseen communications and selected CIC programs, especially those in the areas of faculty and curricular programs, annual programs and leadership development programs. 

A former vice president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), she served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of sociology at Catawba College, vice president for academic affairs and professor of sociology/anthropology at The College of Wooster and vice president and dean of academic affairs and the Andrew G. Truxal Professor of Sociology at Hood College. 

She was also an American Council on Education Fellow and chair of the Council of Fellows. She is a founder of the Associated New American Colleges, served as chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans, was on the Annapolis Group Council of Deans and sat on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

With members of the National Institute of Education Study Group on the Conditions of Excellence in American Higher Education, she wrote the highly influential reoprt “Involvement in Learning: Realizing the Potential of American Higher Education.” Within higher education, Hetrick writes and speaks most frequently about quality in undergraduate education, the importance of liberal learning, the assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.  She has written books and numerous articles in sociology. 

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McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.