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Professor of the Year, Special Achievement, Administrator of the Year

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 29, 2010) – Tidewater Community College announces recognition of three of its own with annual special awards that honor the quality and achievements of select faculty and staff from across its four campuses.

Kim B. UtleyProfessor of the Year Award – Suffolk resident Kim B. Utley, radiography program director, received this peer award established by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize teaching excellence. For close to three decades Utley has provided quality training for the next generation of radiography professionals in the classroom and laboratory settings. Involved in the overall administration of the program, Utley handles admissions, accreditation, outcomes assessment, curriculum development, purchasing of capitol equipment and scheduling.

She works with clinical instructors in hospital settings to ensure consistent, quality hands-on training for students. With construction of the new Regional Health Professions Center, Utley has been instrumental in the design of the radiography space from specifications on x-ray machines to the thickness of lead in the walls for safe operations. Utley has completed three rounds in the certification process with the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology, handling the self-study and supporting documentation which fills an entire shelf in her office.

Cynthia H. HunterAdministrator of the Year Award – Portsmouth resident Cynthia H. Hunter, coordinator of financial support services at the Chesapeake Campus, received this award in recognition of contributions that advance the college’s mission and goals. A dedicated staff member, Hunter has been a financial aid professional for more than 30 years, beginning at the Chesapeake Campus in 1977. From there, she held positions at Norfolk State University, the Educational Opportunity Center and Virginia Wesleyan College. Hunter returned to TCC in 1989 and for several years held a dual role as coordinator of enrollment services and financial aid.

Wherever she serves, Hunter’s goal is to teach students how to access resources so that they can become self reliant. Hunter has been a member of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators since 1977.


Special Achievement Award – Virginia Beach resident Maura J. Spreen, lead transfer counselor at the Virginia Beach Campus, received this peer award from the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize accomplishments that go above and beyond the call of duty. The point of contact for more than 50 institutions of higher education, Spreen keeps the counseling staff up to date with admission and transfer information on public and private institutions within Virginia, as well as those out-of-state schools where TCC has a transfer agreement.

She also represents the campus on the college-wide Transfer Counselor/Teacher Preparation Committee ensuring accurate and consistent information between campuses, and ultimately advising transfer students on courses needed for advancement. Spreen organizes four college fairs each year, connecting students with myriad representatives from universities and colleges, all under one roof. She also holds student-development workshops for the Knowledge is Power series.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the 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, visit