Tidewater Community College Names Two African American Provosts

Tidewater Community College serves about 46,000 students at four campuses in the Hampton Roads region of eastern Virginia. The college recently named African Americans as provost at two of its four campuses. The provost is the chief administrative officer and lead academic and student affairs administrator for their particular branch campus.

Michelle W. Woodhouse was named provost at the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College. The Portsmouth campus enrolls about 12,000 students. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Woodhouse was dean for social sciences and public services at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Woodhouse holds a master’s degree from Norfolk State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Marvin Bright will take the leadership post of the Norfolk campus on February 1. The Norfolk campus has total enrollments of 14,500 students. Dr. Bright was associate vice president for student affairs at Suffolk County Community College in New York. Previously, he was dean of students at the College of Philadelphia.

A graduate of Towson University in Maryland, Dr. Bright holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.


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