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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Dec. 10, 2003 – Terry L. Jones, Ph.D., a Portsmouth resident for 32 years, has been appointed acting provost of Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus effective Jan. 1, 2004. Jones currently serves as the associate vice president for college transfer education. He will assume the position presently held by Dr. Sam Lamb, who will transition to the teaching faculty this spring.

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, the provosts are responsible for all facets of operation for their respective campuses.

“Dr. Jones has provided impressive and visionary leadership during the past seven years within TCC’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs,” says Deborah M. DiCroce, president of Tidewater Community College. “His experience and expertise make him ideally suited to assume the campus helm as we strengthen our founding campus and its role in serving our students and the community.

“Indeed, this is a critical point for TCC-Portsmouth in view of planning for the proposed new campus in the Victory Crossing Business Park in Portsmouth,” adds DiCroce. The new campus would start with 160,000 square feet with total expansion potential of 300,000 square feet on 40 acres. It could, ultimately, serve 14,000 students each year.

Jones’ leadership roles at TCC include his present position as associate vice president for college transfer education and, previously, dean of instruction and student services, and chairman of the Portsmouth Campus Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. His 32-year career at TCC also includes serving as a history professor for 16 years.

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Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 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 as well as 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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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer