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Dr. James W. Holley III and Ives E. Clark selected for civic activism
Student Byron Morgan chosen for scholarship



Dr. James W. Holley
Ives E. Clark
From left to right, College Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning, Byron Morgan and TCC President Deborah DiCroce


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 15, 2007) – Honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., Tidewater Community College has recognized two outstanding individuals who embody King’s dreams and life work.

Dr. James W. Holley III and Ives Clark received distinguished service awards during TCC’s eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. recognition event held Jan. 12 at the Edmonds Center in Portsmouth with guest speaker Melvin O. Marriner, senior pastor of Grove Baptist Church.

TCC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award
~ Dr. James W. Holley III

A community leader, Dr. James W. Holley III has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of all citizens. Today, African American citizens of Portsmouth can meaningfully participate in many of the city’s community activities and public life because of the unremitting efforts of Holley. Over the years he has worked with the courts to help African Americans gain access to public institutions, including the Portsmouth public library and the city’s public golf course. He also initiated action to desegregate Portsmouth General Hospital, gaining practicing privileges for five African Americans including two dentists and three physicians. He spearheaded the desegregation of most of Portsmouth’s restaurants and was instrumental in the desegregation of restrooms at the then Portsmouth Tides baseball organization. Holley’s activist work also included serving on the NAACP committee for redevelopment of property, ensuring open occupancy.

A Portsmouth native and current mayor, Holley has given more than 35 years of service to the city, first as a councilman and vice mayor and later as mayor for two separate terms; he was first elected in 1984 and elected to his current post in 1996.

Holley holds a doctorate of dental surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry and has been a practicing dental surgeon for 45 years. He serves on Norfolk State University’s Board of Visitors, demonstrating his commitment to advancing economic interests of all people through the power of education.

TCC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Distinguished Service Award
~ Ives E. Clark

Ives Clark serves as professor of administrative support technology and coordinator of the student employment services office at the Virginia Beach Campus. In this role she helps students successfully transition from college to the workplace. She offers hands-on help with resume writing, interviewing and the job search. She also coordinates cooperative education and internships, giving students the opportunity to work in their fields prior to graduation.

Clark is a life-long member of the United House of Prayer for all People, serving in many capacities including as president of the choir, chair of voter registration drives, as a tutor for school-age children, and on the Helping Hands committee collecting food and other items for those in need. She also visits the sick in nursing homes, hospitals and in their homes.

A 30-year faculty member of the college, Clark served on the Service Learning Project Committee and on several selection committees for new positions. She was recognized with a 25-year distinguished service award in 2002.

TCC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

~ Byron T. Morgan
The event also recognized scholarship recipient Byron T. Morgan, an active student serving as vice president of the Portsmouth Campus Student Government Association, vice president of the Portsmouth Campus Beating the Odds Club, member of Virginia 21 and the Minority Affairs Club. Recognized with the Portsmouth Campus Distinguished Student Award and the Student Achievement Award, Morgan is a member of the Christ Church Apostolic. His special talents include spoken-word poetry, song writing and acting.




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