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Norfolk native also works with Operation Smile and Virginia-1 DMAT


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Sept. 30, 2009) – Thomas G. Calogrides Jr. has been named dean of health professions at Tidewater Community College. TCC offers 13 health-profession programs.

A nationally-registered paramedic, Calogrides joined TCC’s full-time faculty ranks in 1998 as an assistant professor in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. He leaves the post to become dean as a full professor.

Calogrides' contributions include developing and delivering state-of-the-art EMS training programs for all levels of providers, from first responders to paramedics. He also represented TCC and the region on numerous state committees including the Regional and State Operational Medical Directors, State Advanced Life Support Coordinators and the Pre-hospital Care Committee.

Prior to joining TCC full time, Calogrides taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a private company, worked as a paramedic at NORSHIPCO, and taught EMS as an adjunct faculty member of TCC.

An expert in his field, Calogrides is actively involved with Virginia-1 DMAT, a disaster medical assistance team that falls under the auspices of the National Disaster Medical System. He currently serves as logistics section chief. Past positions with the organization include training officer, health technician officer and health technician.

Calogrides shares his time with Operation Smile and has traveled on 35 mission trips to 10 countries since the mid-1990s. He also is a volunteer paramedic with the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he keeps his skills current.  

A native and resident of Norfolk, Calogrides holds a bachelor of science degree in health science and a master of science in education, both from 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 40,000 students annually and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer 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, 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