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Joe Buchanan
Quintin Bullock

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (March 15, 2006) – Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach Campus Provost E. T. (Joe) Buchanan III has announced his retirement, effective this fall, after 30 years of service. The Virginia Beach Campus is the largest in TCC’s four-campus system, enrolling more than 20,000 students annually.

TCC President Deborah DiCroce commends Buchanan for his leadership and numerous accomplishments at TCC. “Tidewater Community College is very much a better place because of Joe Buchanan. From his more than 21 years of decanal leadership at the Virginia Beach Campus to his nine years as provost, he has left his mark,” says DiCroce. “Indeed, Dr. Buchanan belongs to that group of community college practitioners who helped build the American community college - brick by brick, and with the firm resolve to truly democratize American higher education.”

Noting that Buchanan holds doctorates in both law and higher education, the president describes him as “a rare breed of administrator” who put TCC (and the community college sector) on the map in such national arenas as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards for Student Affairs. Buchanan has authored 30-plus publications on higher education law, and has given more than 300 presentations on the topic in both national and state venues.

A native of Virginia Beach and highly regarded in civic circles, Buchanan was tapped in the early 1980s to fill an unexpired seat on the Virginia Beach City Council. In 1986, he was named First Citizen of Virginia Beach.

Buchanan will deliver TCC’s May 12 Commencement address, offering his wisdom, advice and continuing support to 1,000-plus graduates and their families. Commencement exercises begin at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk.


President DiCroce has appointed Quintin B. Bullock to the position of provost of the Virginia Beach Campus effective May 1. Bullock has served as provost of TCC’s Norfolk Campus since October 2002. The Norfolk Campus, founded in 1998, now enrolls more than 8,200 students.

“Dr. Bullock’s successful tenure as Norfolk’s provost, coupled with his solid background in community college administration, makes him ideally suited to assume the leadership of the Virginia Beach Campus,” says DiCroce.

Under Bullock’s leadership, notes President DiCroce, the Norfolk Campus has significantly increased enrollment and substantial academic outreach. His accomplishments include establishment of a Middle College Program with Norfolk Public Schools and playing an instrumental role in the accreditation of the college’s culinary arts program by the American Culinary Federation.

Prior to joining TCC, Bullock served as executive dean for Monroe Community College-Damon City Campus in Rochester, N.Y. His background includes careers as a science teacher, dentist and higher education administrator. He received his bachelor of science and master of education degrees from Prairie View A&M University. He also holds a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Active with a variety of community service groups and a member of the 200+ Men Inc., Bullock serves on the Lake Taylor Hospital Board of Commissioners, Norfolk Public Schools Guiding Coalition and on the board of directors of the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.


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