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Date: February 27, 2004 (04-26)

Montgomery College’s Own Recognized as ‘Montgomery’s Best’
Center for Community Leadership’s Directors Cited for
Work in Support of 9/11 Memorial Committee

Montgomery College Professor Nathan Starr, director of the Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy at Montgomery College, and Dr. Robert Walker, former associate director of the Center for Community Leadership and Public Policy, recently received National Association of Counties (NaCo) Achievement Awards and Partnership Awards for their work with the Montgomery County Executive’s Memorial Committee to the Heroes and Victims of September 11, 2001.  The men were honored at the fourth annual “Montgomery’s Best Honors Awards,” held February 19, at Indian Spring Country Club.  The awards ceremony salutes dozens of Montgomery County employees and volunteers for their service.

   The NaCo Award is a national award recognizing innovative programs within county governments.  The Partnership Award goes to individuals or teams of Montgomery County employees or volunteers who have developed a collaborative relationship with the intergovernmental agencies, organizations or the private sector that led to the accomplishment of County programs and principles. 

At Montgomery College, Professor Nathan Starr, a North Potomac resident, teaches sociology classes, such as Marriage and the Family, and Minorities in American Society.  He also serves as the director of the Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy at Montgomery College.

The Center has offered, either independently or in collaboration with others, an array of forums, seminars and learning opportunities on many topics and issues aimed at promoting education, understanding, and the development of leadership and problem-solving skills.

Professor Starr and Dr. Walker worked with the Montgomery County Executive’s Memorial Committee for the Victims and Heroes of September 11, the National Capital Region Public Issues Forums, and Montgomery County Public Libraries to plan and conduct six issues forums on Terrorism: What Should We Do Now?  The forums, held in the months that followed the tragedy of September 11, were part of a tribute to the 11 Montgomery County residents who lost their lives.  The forums also encouraged conversation about difficult issues in a civil manner.   

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