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Deborah M. DiCroce among 50 honored by Virginia Lawyers Media

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 7, 2010) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has been selected for the Class of 2010 of “Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Media, publishers of Virginia Lawyers Weekly and the Virginia Medical Law Report.

This awards program, in its second year, recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts, according to Virginia Lawyers Media. The honors go to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large.

President DiCroce, a South Hampton Roads native and lifelong Virginian, has devoted her career to public service. A proven leader in forging partnerships for the public good, Dr. DiCroce has headed TCC – the largest provider of undergraduate education in Hampton Roads – since May 1998, following nine years as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

During her tenure, TCC has experienced 12 consecutive years of record enrollment increases, serving over 47,000 credit students in the current academic year, unprecedented programmatic expansion in both the college transfer and career/technical areas, and a capital building program of almost $400 million.

A strong advocate for education as the great equalizer, Dr. DiCroce’s work in expanding the reach of higher education across workforce, gender, racial and cultural boundaries has been especially heralded. Among her many recognitions, she was named “Downtowner of the Year” in 2005 by the Downtown Norfolk Council and “Woman of the Year” by the Virginia Women’s Forum in 1993.  Hampton Roads Magazine named her to its “A List of 50 Very Important People Shaping Life in Hampton Roads” in 2006.  In 2005, Portfolio Weekly included her in its list of “100 Best People, Places, and Things in the 7 Cities.”  Discover Portsmouth profiled her in its 2006-07 issue as a “living symbol of what is best about Portsmouth.”  Inside Business put her on its regional “power broker” list in 2000.  And, most recently, in 2008, The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled her as one of 10 “Presidents Who Make a Real Difference.”

Dr. DiCroce has served on state-wide commissions and committees under five Virginia governors.  Most recently she completed a two-year term as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents – marking the first time that a community college president has held the post. In 1995, she was invited as one of 20 college and university presidents nationally to meet with the president of the United States at the White House for a discussion on higher education.

Active in the community, DiCroce chaired the regional board of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and the United Way’s 2002 regional campaign.  She is currently vice chair of the Hampton Roads Partnership and chair of the Urban League’s Board of Directors.

The 50 “Influential Women of Virginia” honorees will be celebrated at a gala luncheon on May 20 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in downtown Richmond. The “Influential Woman of the Year,” voted on by the 2010 honorees, will be announced at the luncheon. 

Each honoree also will be profiled in a special publication that will be distributed at the event and inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in early May.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & 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 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