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Norfolk Campus student services area named for the local civic activist


Dr. Emmanuel Michaels at TCC's plaque unveiling

NORFOLK, Va. – (Oct. 14, 2008) – Tidewater Community College announces the naming of a critical part of its Norfolk Campus – the Ada R. Michaels Student Services Area – honoring the memory of the esteemed civic activist and Norfolk native.

In a celebratory dedication event held Sept. 26, TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce unveiled a plaque with Dr. Emmanuel W. Michaels citing the dedication of his wife, Ada, to the community and to helping students succeed.  

“Throughout her life, Ada Michaels was a pioneer for women in Hampton Roads and an advocate for higher education,” said DiCroce, who noted Mrs. Michaels had served on TCC’s board for 12 years, two as chair. Her leadership at TCC and her passion for education contributed to the establishment of the Norfolk Campus, which now enrolls over 11,000 students.

Dr. Michaels, who, with a gift in memory of his late wife, chose to support the important work of the student services area, told the assembled guests that he appreciated their attendance, saying, “Ada loved and was loved in return.” The Michaels’ daughters, Gayle and Hillary, and son, Larry, joined their father for the dedication event.

Among her many contributions, Ada Michaels served on the Board of Visitors of Longwood College, was the first woman president of the Congregation Beth El Board and, as a board member for the Florence Crittenton Home, she organized the first school program for unwed mothers in Tidewater. Her professional experience ranged from librarian to head of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and executive director of the Jewish Community Day School Network.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, 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 Norfolk’s theater district, 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, visit