Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque was appointed Tidewater Community College’s interim president effective July 2018, following the retirement of Dr. Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani as the college’s fifth president. The appointment was announced by Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
Dr. DeCinque (pronounced dee-SINK-yew) was president of Jamestown Community College for nearly 20 years – that institution’s longest serving president -- before retiring in August 2013. As president of JCC, he not only led the campus through its transition to a regional community college, but also had extensive experience in steering the college through financial difficulties.
During his tenure, the college moved from sponsorship solely by the City of Jamestown to regional sponsorship that includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties along with the city. JCC also advanced regional educational and workforce training opportunities, including its partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier to create the Manufacturing Technology Institute and the establishment of a number of new degree and certificate programs including biotechnology, environmental science, entrepreneurship, occupational therapy assistant, professional piloting and welding technology.
Subsequently, he served for nearly two years as interim president of Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y., a two-campus institution of about 5,000 students. Arriving in November 2013, he found an institution in financial straits, but by the following summer, Dr. DeCinque was able to announce that $1 million would be added to the college’s fund balance for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Cayuga is now receiving more applications and is expecting an enrollment increase for Fall 2018.
“I’m extremely honored that Dr. DuBois has offered me an opportunity to work with the Virginia’s Community Colleges and specifically Tidewater Community College,” he said. “Both the system and the college have a great reputation for providing high quality education and training to the communities that they serve. I’m excited for the opportunity to implement the guided pathways work that will soon begin, as well as the continued expansion of the workforce training programs the college offers.”
He was acting president of Tunxis Community-Technical College, in Farmington, Conn., for more than a year beginning in August 1992.
Dr. DeCinque, a native of New Jersey, earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State College. He and his wife, Laura, have two sons.