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Three finalists will speak, answer questions April 9, 10, 11

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 5, 2012) – A committee of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges certified three Presidential candidates for Tidewater Community College on Wednesday. They are Dr. Edna Victoria Baehre-Kolovani, President and Superintendent of Napa Valley College; Dr. William F. Messner, President of Holyoke Community College; and Dr. Monty E. Sullivan, Executive Vice President of the 16-college Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

The candidates will visit TCC next week to participate in Town Hall Meetings on the Norfolk and Virginia Beach campuses. Sullivan will visit on April 9, Baehre-Kolovani on April 10 and Messner on April 11. Faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to attend. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. – Town Hall Meeting, Theater in Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach Campus (April 10 & 11)

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting, Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus (April 9, 10, & 11)

An online evaluation summary will be available for those who participate in one or more of the meetings with candidates to provide feedback to the College Board.

Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois plans to make a selection later in April.

Biographical information for each of the candidates is below:

Dr. Edna Victoria Baehre-Kolovani, of Napa, California, is currently president and superintendent of Napa Valley College, a position she has held since 2010. Previously, she was president at the multi-campus Harrisburg Area Community College in central Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2010. She also served as vice president for instruction and educational services at Elgin Community College in Illinois from 1995-1997 and as dean of instructional development at Highland Community College in Illinois from 1992-1994, and was dean of community services and acting dean of students at Genesee Community College in New York. She has a master’s degree and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Paedagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg, West Germany.

Dr. William F. Messner, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, is currently president of Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2004. Previously he was chancellor of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin Colleges in Madison, Wisconsin from 1997-2004, and was vice provost of the State University of New York in Albany in 1996-97. He was president of SUNY Orange (formerly Orange County Community College) in Middletown, New York from 1986-1996, and held positions of instructor and vice president at Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois, and an associate degree from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.

Dr. Monty E. Sullivan, of Geismar, Louisiana, is currently executive vice president of the 16-college Louisiana Community and Technical College System, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, he was vice chancellor of academics and research at the Virginia Community College System in Richmond, from 2005 to 2009, and also served as interim president at Eastern Shore Community College in 2009. Prior to the Virginia post he was vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Louisiana Delta Community College from 2001 to 2005, and was director for the Center for Rural Development (1999-2001) and Director of Continuing Education (1997-1999) at Louisiana Tech University. He holds a doctorate, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University.


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit