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Linda Rice chosen for 2011 Marian P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award

HAMPTON ROADS, VA  (Sept. 29, 2011) – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has honored Linda Rice, provost of the Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College, with the 2011 Marian P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award.

Provost Linda Rice shares celebration of her award with TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce.

This award, created in 2009, goes to a woman who has attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in Chesapeake, and who has distinguished herself through volunteer service to the community.The award is named after Marian P. Whitehurst (1924-1991), a former Chesapeake mayor, known as a visionary with quiet dignity and integrity.

Provost Rice, a Chesapeake resident, has held leadership roles at TCC for more than 30 years.She oversees service to more than 16,000 students annually and leads 300 faculty members.In addition, she works closely with the Women’s Center office on her campus, focused on success for women of all walks and places in life.Rice has developed partnerships with the public schools and organizations such as Smart Beginnings.She also serves on the Up Center’s Board of Directors, as well as works on TCC’s Great Expectations program which helps foster youth learn about the benefits of a college education.


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