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Susan Nickens comes to TCC from The Scholar Ship 


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 10, 2009) – Susan Nickens, Ph.D., has been named dean of languages, mathematics and sciences for the Norfolk Campus of Tidewater Community College.

Nickens joins TCC with more than 25 years of academic leadership. She has extensive experience in academic programming and operational management.

Her most recent post was vice president of academic affairs for The Scholar Ship, a university at sea. She was responsible for curriculum development, programming and evaluation, hiring and supervising academic staff and oversight for academic affairs programs.

Her past positions include associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Maryland and academic director for English and communication programs at the University of Maryland, Europe. She also served as associate dean at Stevenson University and director of academic services at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Nickens holds a bachelor’s degree in English from North Carolina Wesleyan College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees 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 and a regional 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