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Greetings From the College Board Chair

Cynthia Free
Board Chair Cynthia Free

Welcome to Tidewater Community College.

My colleagues and I are privileged to work with the college’s staff, faculty, and administrators in their important focus on Student Success.

The College Board consists of 12 City Council appointees with three each representing the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. We take pride in contributing to the college’s work.

TCC was founded on March 8, 1968, as part of the Virginia Community College System, with proudly serving the community over 50 years.

The college provides open-access higher education and training to students of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to achieve both their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the vitality of our region and an increasingly global community. We live in cities, suburbs and on farms. Our ethnic backgrounds span the globe. We are old and young, military and civilian. Furthermore, as stated in the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement, the entire college community benefits from experiences that foster mutual respect, celebrate differences, and value commonalities.

As we often say at Tidewater Community College, and with good reason: From Here, Go Anywhere.

Cindy Free
College Board, Chair


TCC’s College Board is composed of business, industry and education leaders from across Hampton Roads.


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