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HCC President’s Office Named for First President

The Highland Community College Foundation and the College had an opportunity to honor the College’s first president, Kenneth E. Borland, on Thursday, October 18. The family of Kenneth E. Borland gathered with friends and Highland faculty and staff to officially dedicate the president’s office by mounting a glass engraved plaque over the door leading to the president’s office. The plaque reads, “Kenneth E. Borland, Ph.D., Presidential Office.”

Ken’s wife, Betty, along with his daughter, Lisa, and son, Kevin, attended the tribute to Ken. Susan Atherton, Executive Director of the HCC Foundation said, “The Foundation and the College appreciate the generosity of the Borland family. The dedication was a wonderful celebration of Ken’s life here at Highland and the legacy he left behind.”

Dr. Borland was the first president of Highland Community College and served from 1967 to 1974. Dr. Borland became the president of HCC at the age of 30, making him the youngest president in the United States at the time of his selection in 1967. The Borland’s moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1977 when Ken was appointed to be the President of Arizona Western College, where he served until his retirement in 1984.

A few of Ken’s former colleagues from the early days at Highland attended the reception and shared some kind, and a few humorous, antidotes about the early years at HCC and working with Ken.

On the same day as the dedication, The Highland Community College Foundation held its Annual Board Meeting and also presented Mrs. Betty Borland with a keepsake box made of cherry wood with a photo tile of Highland on the top in appreciation of the generosity of the Borland family.

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