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Breath of Life Elder Named County Leader of the Year

By Taashi Rowe

Hercules Pinkney, EdD (second from left), accepts his outstanding leader award with the support of community leaders Esther B. Newman, founder and executive director of Leadership Montgomery, Sol Graham and Tom Watkins.

Last month Hercules Pinkney, EdD, an elder at the Allegheny East Conference Breath of Life church in Fort Washington, Md., was recently named Leader of the Year for Montgomery County, Maryland. Pinkney is interim president of Montgomery College.

Pinkney had recently retired as vice president and provost of the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and was busy planning the next chapter of his life. That’s when the call came to return to the college as interim president, to lead the academic institution until a permanent successor could be found.

His leadership over just seven short months earned Pinkney the distinction of the Sandy Spring Bank Outstanding Leader Award. Leadership Montgomery, a local leadership training organization, presented the award during last month’s 21st annual Celebration of Leadership program.

“I believe good leaders must have a solid foundation,” Pinkney shared during the dinner. “My strength and support comes from my faith, family, education and service to the community. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career to serve as interim president of Montgomery College, a wonderful educational institution that truly changes lives.”