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President Baehre-Kolovani calls for college to stress
one vision, one voice in shaping its future

Aug. 21, 2013 — President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani opened fall convocation on Aug. 19 with an awards ceremony recognizing faculty and staff at the Roper Performing Arts Center followed by an address that highlighted the vision of the college’s five-year strategic plan.

Baehre-Kolovani recognized faculty and employees who have served TCC for 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and five years prior to congratulating all employees who earned academic degrees in the last calendar year. Videos celebrated Portsmouth Campus Provost Michelle Woodhouse receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. College Distinguished Service Award and the following administrative and faculty awards: Don Averso (Professor of the Year ); Martin Herrera (Support Staff); John Morea (Administrator of the Year); Debra Porter (Special Achievement); and Mike Adams (Adjunct Faculty Award of Excellence). Averso, program head of culinary arts, Peter Shaw, professor of business management and administration, and Gordon Whitman, assistant professor of psychology, were also recognized for winning John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards, a national award that honors outstanding leadership and contributions by community college faculty and staff.


Faculty and employees being recognized for their years of service.

Faculty and employees being recognized for their years of service.

Award winners, from left, Don Averso, Peter Shaw, Gordon Whitman, Martin Herrera, Debra Porter, Mike Adams and John Morea with President Edna Baehre-Kolovani.

Award winners, from left, Don Averso, Peter Shaw, Gordon Whitman, Martin Herrera, Debra Porter, Mike Adams and John Morea with President Edna Baehre-Kolovani.


In discussing the strategic plan, Baehre-Kolovani stressed the importance of TCC acting as one college to achieve one voice and one future. More than 500 staff and faculty took part in appreciative inquiry sessions during the spring, resulting in three areas of focus: collaboration, communication and innovation.

“Those are the three words at the core of TCC when it operates at its peak potential,” Baehre-Kolovani said.

Baehre-Kolovani said the strategic plan will focus on four key areas:


• Student success
• Innovation through collaboration
• Internal resource development
• External resource development

Within each of the areas are several objectives.

Student success

Calls for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic enrollment system that walks students from their initial inquiry for admission to graduation. First-year success programs will be strengthened, and curriculum alignment with public schools will become a larger priority.

The president stressed collaboration, communication and innovation as key to the college’s future.

The president stressed collaboration, communication and innovation as key to the college’s future.


Calls for meeting the occupational needs of the region and reviewing and reforming policies and procedures that impact student advancement and improving student engagement through comprehensive extracurricular activities involving the student center.

Baehre-Kolovani noted the fall launch of the Office for Intercultural Learning headed by Jeanne Natali. That office will work collaboratively across the college with the Office of Student Affairs, Global Learning Committee, Student Government representatives and Susan James, special assistant to the president & chief of staff. The group will work to engage faculty in aligning centrally planned intercultural programs with the college-wide student learning outcome on social and cultural understanding. The office will focus on the following programs during its inaugural year: Hispanic Heritage Month, International Education Week, the Jewish Film Festival, Black History Month, Women’s History Month and the Literary Festival.

Licensed childcare centers will open in each of the student centers beginning in January, all of which will be tied to the college’s child development programs.      

Innovation through collaboration

Calls for emphasis on professional development using technology and collaboration and creates policies and procedures reviewed for currency in accordance with the mission of one college and one voice.

Internal Resource Development


Calls for investing in human capital and assessing the college’s infrastructure for efficiency and effectiveness. Ensures the college’s facilities and equipment are appropriate to create a dynamic teaching and learning environment.

External resources development

Enables the college to make investment through targeted external funding and leverages resources and partnerships with the business community. Targets external funding through grants and philanthropic giving.

Associate Professor Ellyn Hodgis, chair of the Faculty Senate, presented the faculty evaluation plan prior to breakout sessions and college-wide discipline meetings.

Associate Professor Ellyn Hodgis, chair of the Faculty Senate, presented her faculty evaluation plan.

Associate Professor Ellyn Hodgis, chair of the Faculty Senate, presented her faculty evaluation plan.