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Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce receives annual VCCJ award


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (March 28, 2007) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has received the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Conference for Community and Justice (VCCJ) Humanitarian Award for her significant contributions toward the improvement of human relations, social welfare and justice, and the quality of life of the people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VCCJ presented the annual award at a dinner held March 21.


Respected throughout the community for her facilitation of understanding among people of different faiths, ethnic and racial groups, Dr. DiCroce infuses her work with Thomas Jefferson’s ideals. Citing TCC as “the people’s college,” and education as the ultimate “act of optimism,” President DiCroce incorporates equality and access into her leadership.


Among recent community initiatives, DiCroce has served on the city of Norfolk’s homeless commission; partnered with the Jewish Community Center in its annual film festivals; marked the 50th anniversary of civil rights with a photographic mural of sit-ins at the former Woolworth’s building, now a part of TCC’s Norfolk Campus; and has fostered the college’s annual Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.  


Since 1963, VCCJ chapters have presented the Humanitarian Award annually to one or more persons in their communities.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit