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Judy Witt celebrated for leadership, dedication to college mission

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois presented TCC Educational Foundation Board Chair Judith Witt with a first-ever award.

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 14, 2006) – Judy W. Witt, chair of Tidewater Community College’s Educational Foundation Board of Directors, has received a Chancellor’s Award from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The first-ever round of the “Chancellor’s Awards for Leadership in Philanthropy” went to 23 outstanding community college benefactors - one honoree from each of the system’s 23 colleges.

Chancellor Glenn DuBois made the inaugural presentations at the 3rd Annual Foundation Leadership Conference of the VCCS, held March 31 in Charlottesville. Community college presidents, senior administrators, and college advancement staff members from across the state celebrated the winners.

Witt, president of ALJUD Enterprises and CFO of Greenbrier Self Storage, has served on the TCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors since 1997 as a board member, secretary, vice-chair and chair. Though her term as chair ends this year, she leaves an exemplary model of philanthropy in her exceptional oversight of the “silent phase” of The Campaign for TCC, the college’s most aggressive fund-raising initiative to date. As of this April, $5.9 million of the $10 million goal has been raised for the Campaign.

Wife, mother of three, grandmother of nine and community volunteer, Judy is passionate in her advocacy. She knows the college well, as she attended TCC as an adult and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She says, “When I put my youngest child in first grade, I went back to school to finish what I had started years before. The teachers and staff were outstanding, and I saw first-hand what the college was doing. I was drawn to help it in any way I could.”

A dedicated volunteer in her church parish, Witt also has served on the board of The Sanctuary, a temporary crisis shelter for pregnant women; the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council; and the City of Chesapeake 4-H Advisory Board.

Deborah M. DiCroce, president of TCC, says, “We have truly benefited from Judy’s leadership, which is fueled by her passion for Tidewater Community College. … She has made a difference in the lives of our students through her dedication to positioning TCC as a leader in higher education in Hampton Roads.”

Witt and each of the award winners also will have an inaugural Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship named after them. These scholarships will go to one student from each of the 40 Virginia community college campuses.These students will become the first class of “Commonwealth Legacy Scholars.”


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. 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-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit