Statement of Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges On the Retirement Announcement of TCC President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani
Glenn DuBois, the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges made the following statement today on the announced retirement of Tidewater Community College President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani:
“I have known Edna Baehre-Kolovani since we were colleagues at Genesee Community College, in New York, in 1990. You will not find a harder worker, a more passionate advocate for our mission, nor a more talented fundraiser anywhere in community college education. Edna’s announcement today caps an impressive, 36-year career in which she has changed lives and strengthened communities everywhere she has worked. She should be proud.
“I congratulate Edna on a well-earned retirement and am glad to know that she and her husband will continue to call Virginia home.”
“We will soon announce an interim president for TCC. Later, we will conduct a national search for the college’s next permanent president.
“Meanwhile, I expect the college to continue forward with initiatives like the college’s pathway work, which will launch its first wave this summer, and other key efforts aimed at increasing enrollment, student success, and completion. There is too much to gain from these priorities for them to be lost in transition.
“Our external partners should know that the college remains committed to the projects upon which its major gifts campaign is focused. That campaign’s strong beginning is encouraging.
“Declining enrollment is challenging TCC – a college that is too big, and much too important, for that trend to continue. We must turn it around, and I am confident that we will. By leveraging the talents of our faculty and staff, improving communications and inclusion, and focusing on our mission, we will find the institutional success to which we all aspire.”