PGCC Announces New Foundation Board Members

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release


LARGO, Md. (June 5, 2018) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announces that five new members have joined the Board of Directors of the PGCC Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization established for the charitable purposes of the college. According to the executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Foundation, Brenda Mitchell, the “board is expanding to increase its capacity to assist the college with its evolving resource development needs.”

Joining the board are alumni Dr. David E. Harmon, Andrea C. Harrison, Jeremy Newkirk, and Ardania Williams, as well as longtime supporter, Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke. 

With the new members come a variety of interests and professional backgrounds that speak to the growing population needs in Prince George’s County and the college’s role in preparing the residents to fill positions in various industries within and around the region.

“The board made a strategic decision to align board membership with the industry and population trends of the county as well as the direction of the college,” said Mrs. Mitchell.

Meet the New Board Members:

Dr. David E. Harmon is founder of Harmon Orthodontics in Bowie, Maryland. The PGCC alum loves the field because it allows him to have a major, positive impact on people’s lives. He is a proud, lifelong resident of Prince George’s County who has served on fundraising boards and brings experience with digital marketing and organizing large events.

Andrea C. Harrison is a member of the Prince George’s County Council. This alum transferred to Bowie State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. She is a strong proponent of civic engagement as evidenced by such recognitions as being the recipient of the 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and also the 2012 Civic Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County.

Jeremy Newkirk is a proud alum of Prince George’s Community College and comes from a family of educators. He is the founder and chief executive officer of BeOfficial MG, which manages technology start-ups and joint ventures, develops entertainment projects, and trains young entrepreneurs. He is a creative thinker who is solutions-oriented and uses technology to “rethink” everyday solutions.

Ardania Williams is vice president of Marketing and Development at Lendana Construction Company, LLC, a county-based company that specializes in masonry. The company holds several certifications with the Department of Transportation, Minority Business Enterprise, and the Supplier Development and Diversity Division of the Prince George’s County Government Local and County Base Business. She is a PGCC alum whose experiences matriculating through PGCC’s Center for Minority Business Development make her a strong advocate for the college and the county.

Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke is an avid art collector and also a committed supporter of artists and African-American art institutions. She has served on the board of the International Review of African American Art, the most significant publication in the field, and has been a major supporter of the James Porter Colloquium at Howard University and the David Driskell Center at the University of Maryland. She owns a private dental practice with locations in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C.

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.