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35-year Portsmouth resident has devoted his career to student services


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 30, 2009) – Randy Shannon has been named dean of student services for the Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College.

Shannon joined TCC in 1974, when he also became a Portsmouth resident. With a long career in service to students, he most recently served as counselor and coordinator of student development services at the Portsmouth Campus, a position he’s held since 1999.

During his 35 years with the college, Shannon has held a number of positions including special assistant to the vice president for academic and student affairs; coordinator of career planning, placement and cooperative education; and interim dean of languages, mathematics and sciences.

Shannon holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, a certificate of advanced graduate study in community college administration from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s in history from Roanoke College.


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 over 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer 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 Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, 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