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Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce


Tidewater Community College
121 College Place
Norfolk, VA 23509


(757) 822-1050

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Ed.D. in Higher Education, The College of William & Mary
M.A. in English, Old Dominion University
B.A. in English, Old Dominion University

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Deborah M. DiCroce, a South Hampton Roads native and lifelong Virginian, has devoted her career to public service. A proven leader in forging partnerships for the public good, Dr. DiCroce has headed Tidewater Community College – the largest provider of undergraduate education in Hampton Roads – since May 1998, following nine years as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

During her tenure, TCC has experienced twelve consecutive years of record enrollment increases, serving over 47,000 credit students in the current academic year, unprecedented programmatic expansion in both the college transfer and career/technical areas, and a capital building program of almost $400 million.

A strong advocate for education as the great equalizer, Dr. DiCroce’s work in expanding the reach of higher education across workforce, gender, racial, and cultural boundaries has been especially heralded. Among her many recognitions, she was named “Downtowner of the Year” in 2005 by the Downtown Norfolk Council and “Woman of the Year” by the Virginia Women’s Forum in 1993. Hampton Roads Magazine named Dr. DiCroce to its “A List of 50 Very Important People Shaping Life in Hampton Roads” in 2006. In 2005, Portfolio Weekly included her in its list of “100 Best People, Places, and Things in the 7 Cities.” Discover Portsmouth profiled her in its 2006-07 issue as a “living symbol of what is best about Portsmouth.” Inside Business put her on its regional “power broker” list in 2000. And, most recently, in 2008, The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled her as one of ten “Presidents Who Make a Real Difference.”

Dr. DiCroce has served on state-wide commissions and committees under five Virginia governors. She is a past trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and a past chair of the Presidents Academy of the American Association of Community Colleges. And she just completed a two-year term as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents—marking the first time that a community college president has held the post. In 1995, Dr. DiCroce was invited as one of twenty college and university presidents nationally to meet with the President of the United States at the White House for a discussion on higher education.

Active in the community, Dr. DiCroce chaired the regional board of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and the United Way’s 2002 regional campaign. She is currently vice chair of the Hampton Roads Partnership and chair of the Urban League’s Board of Directors.

Dr. 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 has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of both institutions, as well as of Norfolk Catholic High School. Retaining her faculty roots, she has held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University.

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