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State Board for Community Colleges conferred title Jan. 19

HAMPTON RAODS, Va. (Jan. 20, 2012) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has received the title of “President Emerita,” conferred yesterday by the State Board for Community Colleges. DiCroce steps down as president on March 1, 2012, and will begin her “second act,” becoming president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Dr. DiCroce, center, is flanked by State Board for Community Colleges members Dorcas Helfant-Browning and Bruce Meyer, who both served on TCC’s board.

According to a Jan. 19 news release by the Virginia Community College System, the honorary title, rarely used in Virginia’s Community Colleges, was recommended by TCC’s college board.

The news release noted: “It’s been an incredible journey,” DiCroce told State Board members as she accepted a resolution from them. She began working with Virginia’s Community Colleges in 1976 as a 23-year-old adjunct professor of English at TCC, planning to work a year or two before heading to law school.

“A year’s sojourn became a lifetime career,” she says, as she went on to become dean of humanities at the Virginia Beach Campus, then later provost of the Portsmouth Campus before moving to Charlottesville to serve as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College from 1989-1998. She returned to TCC as president in 1998.

“We are grateful for Debbie’s service and distinguished community college career,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “She has never hesitated to speak up, to challenge old notions and ideas and to pursue and create better ones. Her impact will be felt throughout Tidewater Community College and the VCCS for years to come.”


Laurie White

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