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TCC welcomes Dr. Thomas R. Morris to Dec. 19 commencement

Dr. Thomas R.Morris

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 6, 2006) – The state of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Thomas R. Morris, will deliver the commencement speech at Tidewater Community College’s 43rd graduation exercises. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. Hundreds of students will receive associate degrees, certificates or diplomas at the ceremony.

Prior to his appointment to the Governor’s Cabinet in January, 2006, Secretary Morris served as the 19th president of Emory & Henry College for 13½ years. A distinguished Constitutional scholar and political scientist, he was a full-time faculty member at the University of Richmond for 21 years. He is well known on a state and national level as an astute political commentator and writer.

Morris is the author or co-author of four books, including Virginia Government and Politics: Readings and Comments, a 1998 work he co-edited with Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia, and numerous articles and book chapters.

Widely known as an expert on Virginia government and politics, Morris served as a political analyst for television, radio and print media over a period of 25 years. He chaired the Commission on Virginia’s State and Local Tax Structure for the 21st Century (1999-2000) and was a member of Gov. Warner’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness (2002).

Secretary Morris is married to the former Barbara-lyn Belcher, a native of Buchanan County, Virginia, who was a school principal and executive director of Richmond Metro Leadership before the couple moved to Emory. They have three daughters: Tabby, Robbins and Rosa.

Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in government at the Virginia Military Institute, studied at Princeton and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from UVA.

TCC’s 43rd commencement exercises will be the college’s fifth December graduation program.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 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 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 as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit