Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), announced Monday that Edna Baehre-Kolovani will become the fifth president of Tidewater Community College (TCC) beginning in July.
Baehre-Kolovani began her career teaching undergraduate German at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Baehre-Kolovani, who speaks German, English and French, is in the process of learning Spanish. She has held leadership positions at Jamestown and Genesee community colleges in New York as well as Highland and Elgin community colleges in Illinois. She served as president of Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania for 13 years beginning in 1997. In 2010 Baehre-Kolovani became the president/superintendent of Napa Valley College in California, where she currently works.
“She has a track record of setting the right priorities, establishing terrific community partnerships and applying ample elbow grease to ensure that her community college is vibrant and serving the community well. I’m excited for both Edna and the college,” Dubois said in a statement.
Baehre-Kolovani said she applied for the position because of the college’s national reputation for innovative activities and community partnerships. That includes the college’s leadership role in a $16 million, 12-state effort to include technology in medical health informatics education programs and TCC’s commitment to serve active and retired military personnel. “I look forward to building on those initiatives …”Baehre-Kolovani said.
Baehre-Kolovani succeeds Deborah M. DiCroce, who retired last winter after serving as TCC’s president for 14 years. Peter A. Spina has been serving as the college’s interim president since March 1. Baehre-Kolovani is expected to officially begin her new position on or about July 1.
TCC served more than 46,000 students in Hampton Roads in 2010-11. The largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in the regionn , it offers more than 150 programs.
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