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First community college president elected to lead state's public college and university presidents


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (July 2, 2007) - Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has been elected to chair the Council of Presidents (COP) of Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities and 23 community colleges. She is the first community college president elected to lead the COP, which was established by Virginia’s higher education chief executive officers to discuss common problems and issues and work with the Governor and General Assembly to shape higher education policies and programs.

DiCroce, a career community college educator, has served as president of TCC since May 1998. During her tenure, the college has experienced nine consecutive years of record enrollments, serving nearly 38,000 credit students in 2006-07. She began her career as a faculty member in English at TCC in 1976 and subsequently served as an academic division chair at the Virginia Beach Campus and as provost of the Portsmouth Campus. DiCroce served for nine years as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville before returning to TCC.

DiCroce is the immediate past chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and serves on the governing boards for the Hampton Roads Partnership, the Greater Norfolk Corporation, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and Sentara Healthcare. She has served on statewide commissions and committees under four Virginia governors, including the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Higher Education and the Governor’s Commission on Educational Opportunity for All Virginians. DiCroce is the first woman to be invited to membership in both the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and the Rotary Club of Charlottesville.

DiCroce holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Old Dominion University and a doctorate in Higher Education from The College of William and Mary. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk, 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