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CHESAPEAKE, VA - (July 23, 2003) -Linda M. Rice, Ph.D., has been appointed provost of Tidewater Community College's Chesapeake Campus, effective October 15, 2003. Rice currently serves as TCC's vice president for Workforce Solutions. She will take the position occupied by Dr. Timothy Kerr since the campus's founding in 1973. Kerr previously announced his intention to retire from TCC this winter.

" Over the past two-and-a-half years, Dr. Rice has provided impressive, dynamic, visionary leadership to our Division of Workforce Solutions," says Deborah DiCroce, president of Tidewater Community College. "In doing so, she has earned the respect and admiration of business and community leaders throughout the region, particularly in the City of Chesapeake, as well as among her TCC colleagues and those across the Virginia Community College System."

In addition to serving as vice president for Workforce Solutions, Rice has held a number of positions at TCC. She has been both an adjunct and full-time instructor, a program director for Respiratory Therapy, division chair for Health Sciences, director of the Institutional Self-Study, division chair for Health Sciences and special assistant to the president.

At TCC, a provost serves as the chief administrative and academic/student affairs officer for each of the college's four campuses. Reporting to the college president, each provost is responsible for all facets of operations for the campus to which assigned.

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

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