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TCC’S ANDERSEN RECEIVES VLA’S GEORGE MASON AWARD
Rare win for a non-librarian college executive
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (Nov. 6, 2007) – Tidewater Community College’s Vice President for Information Systems Richard F. Andersen was awarded the Virginia Library Association’s (VLA) George Mason award during the organization’s annual conference, held at The Homestead last week.
The association-wide award goes to professionals and organizations whose activity has contributed to the development, growth and extension of library and information services in the local community, the state or the nation.
Andersen, a Virginia Beach resident, received the VLA award for his work in advancing TCC’s library services. His leadership has resulted in the addition of two new library coordinator positions, translating into leadership presence at each of TCC’s four campus libraries; six reference librarian positions; and five new paraprofessional staff positions with increased wage hours. Progress has also been made in collection development allocations and in funding for staff training and professional development. Andersen’s leadership at the executive level has kept library services at the forefront of budget discussions and resulted in up-to-date technology, enabling librarians to provide faculty and students with high quality services. His past work as director of information systems at Mary Baldwin College, where he helped modernize information technology in the Grafton Library, also contributed to his selection for the prestigious award.
“Richard Andersen has been key to TCC libraries’ success,” says Mary Mayer-Hennelly, TCC associate vice president for library resources, who nominated him for the award. “He has an appreciation of what our libraries contribute to the institution’s effectiveness.”
A retired U.S. Navy commander, Andersen holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in information systems management from George Washington University. He joined TCC in 1996.
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,