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Peter Spina, president emeritus of Monroe Community College in N.Y.

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 1, 2012) – On March 1, Peter A. Spina stepped in as interim president of Tidewater Community College (TCC). His appointment, made by Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, began as TCC President Emerita Deborah M. DiCroce left to become president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Spina is expected to be at the helm at the college for up to about six months, or until DiCroce’s successor is named.

A higher education consultant, Spina is president emeritus of Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester. After retiring from MCC, he became executive director of the Institute for Community College Development in Cornell. He also served for many years as a director and officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He served as an interim president once before for Virginia’s Community Colleges, filling in at Thomas Nelson in 2003-04 when a search for a permanent president was under way there. After leaving TNCC, he served for four years as interim president at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica.

Spina holds a doctorate in higher education administration from New York University and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Albany. He was recognized in a University of Texas study as one of 50 national community college transformational leaders.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit