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TCC’S SUMMERS NAMED PROVOST OF VIRGINIA BEACH CAMPUS
Summers brings more than 25 years of community college experience to the post
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 22, 2009) – Michael D. Summers will become provost of Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach Campus, effective May 29. He was chosen from a nationwide search. The Virginia Beach Campus, enrolling more than 22,000 students annually, has the largest student population at TCC.
Summers served as TCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs from October 2004 to the present. As the college’s chief academic officer, he played a key role in preparation for re-accreditation of the college by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a process that occurs every 10 years.
“Dr. Summers has a superb understanding of the role a community college must play in advancing an area’s economic vitality and overall quality of life – particularly through innovative curricular development and entrepreneurial outreach,” said TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “Indeed, I am most confident that the college and those we serve will reap the rich benefit of his leadership in Virginia Beach.”
Among myriad duties as vice president of academic and student affairs, Summers provided curriculum oversight, focused on improving student success and built external partnerships to boost workforce training opportunities. His prior experience with high-end medical technology, specifically human patient simulators, contributed to TCC’s acquisition of simulators for critical training in healthcare programs including nursing and emergency medical technology.
With more than 27 years of teaching, administrative and executive leadership experience at four community colleges, Summers joined TCC from Greenville Technical College where he served as vice president for education. Prior positions included division chair for technology and information systems, and director of correctional center programs, both at Danville Area Community College, and associate professor at Black Hawk College.
As Virginia Beach Campus provost, Summers takes the seat formerly held by Quintin B. Bullock, who will become president of Schenectady County Community College in New York in July.
Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development 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 www.tcc.edu.