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70,000 square-foot building named in honor of Rev. Joseph N. Green Jr.

 (Green Building Dedication video)

NORFOLK, Va. – (Jan. 23, 2009) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce led the dedication ceremony of the college’s new district administration building today, officially naming it the Joseph N. Green, Jr. District Administration Building.

President DiCroce unveiled a portrait of Father Green, which will hang in the first-floor lobby, and a dedication plaque on the front of the new building. More than 300 guests joined DiCroce, Rev. Green, TCC College Board Chair Dorcas T. Helfant-Browning, Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim and other local dignitaries for the dedication of the 70,000 square-foot facility.

During the dedication, the college unveiled a portrait of Rev. Joseph N. Green, which will hang in TCC’s District Administration Building.

Rev. Green – a community leader, Norfolk City Council member (1977-1996) and vice mayor (1982-1994) – was very supportive of establishing the Norfolk Campus, which opened for the spring semester of 1997. TCC awarded Rev. Green the college’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

Housing the president’s office and more than 200 administrative staff, TCC’s new District Administration Building provides the college with a “corporate headquarters” befitting the size and scope of the college as a major regional enterprise.

The Green Building – a condominium arrangement in downtown Norfolk’s Harbor Heights mixed-use project – consolidates college-wide operations in one location. It increases TCC’s operational efficiency and brings economic benefit to the city of Norfolk. In comprehensive service to South Hampton Roads, TCC’s annual economic impact approaches a half billion dollars. Indeed, for every public dollar invested in TCC, the return is $3.54.

TCC’s administration operations support nearly 40,000 students and upwards of 2,500 full- and part-time employees on its four campuses – Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach – and three educational centers.

TCC President DiCroce, second from left, cut the ribbon with Rev. Green and his wife Evelyn (right), Norfolk Mayor Fraim and TCC Board Chair Helfant-Browning.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 and a regional 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