About the President
Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Tidewater Community College on July 9, 2012. Her experience as a community college president includes extensive work in strategic planning, expanding and diversifying college enrollment, and exemplary fundraising and public advocacy campaigns.
From 2010 until April of 2012, Dr. Baehre-Kolovani was president and superintendent of Napa Valley College in Napa, California. Under her leadership, the college received federal recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution, receiving a $3.8 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant as a result. In addition, the Napa Valley College Foundation embarked on a major gifts and capital campaign and developed a robust alumni program. Several initiatives to increase revenue were started, including The Institute for Business Excellence, which provides industry-relevant workforce training to Napa businesses.
For 13 years, Dr. Baehre-Kolovani was president of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Area Community College (HACC). In that time, she initiated several international educational endeavors in China and Europe; developed and implemented the college’s strategic and master plans; and secured appropriate funding and support for the college’s operations and new programs. Through collaborative public and private partnerships, Dr. Baehre-Kolovani led several capital and annual campaigns resulting in the construction of seven new buildings during a five-year period. During her tenure, the HACC Foundation became one of the largest community college foundations in the nation, with endowments and investments of more than $42 million.
Previously, Dr. Baehre-Kolovani held leadership positions at Elgin and Highland community colleges in Illinois and Genesee and Jamestown community colleges in New York.
She served on the board of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for five years and was appointed by Pennsylvania’s governor to the Workforce Investment Board and to the Commission on College and Career Success. For ten years, she was on the board of the National Institute for Leadership Development for Women in Community Colleges.
In addition to her academic and professional activities, Dr. Baehre-Kolovani serves on the boards of a variety of organizations, including Virginia Beach Vision, Hampton Roads Partnership, Downtown Norfolk Council, Greater Norfolk Corporation, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. Previously, she served on community boards in Napa and Harrisburg, including United Way of the Capital Region in Harrisburg, where she founded the Women’s Leadership Network.
Dr. Baehre-Kolovani has received numerous honors, including the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ 2013 Mildred B. Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award and the 2000 Carolyn Desjardins President of the Year Award. She is a proud recipient of the 2007 Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Peace from Morehouse College, and she was given the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in 2002 by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges. Dr. Baehre-Kolovani has also been recognized by the Harrisburg chapters of the YWCA, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the NAACP, and she received the Compass Award from the Pennsylvania Immigration and Refugee Women’s Network.
Dr. Baehre-Kolovani holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in German and comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pädagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg, Germany. She is trilingual in English, German and French and is acquiring Spanish proficiency.