Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for New Location

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2017)
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, officially will open its doors to its new location housing administrative offices for eLearning and Weekend College.
Thursday, May 18
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual and Face-to-Face Tours
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets

Tarrant County College District 5 Trustee O.K. Carter Will Not Seek Re-Election

Portrait headshot of Board member OK Carter.FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 15, 2016) At the meeting of the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today, District 5 TCC Trustee and Board Secretary O.K. Carter announced he will not seek re-election in May 2017.
Voters elected Carter, a writer, journalist and educator, to the board in 2010 to represent South Arlington, Mansfield and Dalworthington Gardens.
“There are few callings more worthy than higher education and no institution contributes more to self-actualization and economic self-improvement in Tarrant County than TCC,” Carter said. “To be part of something like that has been a real life milestone for me. I’m proud of what the TCC family has accomplished over the past six years.”
Carter cited gains in student success rates, expanded TCC self-examination and transparency practices, new aviation and energy technology facilities, numerous new vocational programs and a dramatic expansion in college credit programs for high school students as a partial list of accomplishments by the College during his tenure.
“Though I’ll be leaving the board, I plan to stay active with TCC, particularly in the endowment fundraising arena,” Carter said. “As affordable as TCC tuition is, an expanded endowment will make it possible for thousands more students to attend college and to reward those high performers as well. I hope to promote the message that an endowment gift will be helping students succeed for the next century.”
According to Board President Louise Appleman, District 5 constituents can be proud of Carter’s representation during his six-year tenure. “Since joining the board, Mr. Carter has taken his responsibilities very seriously and has made it a point to ensure that we carefully examine the return on investment of every nickel we spend,” she said. “His commitment to financial stewardship was evident in every board meeting, and I know that same commitment will enable him to continue advocating for TCC.”
Elections for the District 5 seat, along with District 3 and District 4, will be held in May 2017.

TCC Names Iconic Waterfall for Philanthropist Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe makes remarks at waterfall naming ceremony

Philanthropist Allan Saxe, Ph.D., recently applauded Tarrant County College for its service to the community during a ceremony that preceded the unveiling of the Trinity River Campus waterfall named in his honor.
“This is an amazing institution. Tarrant County College is a gateway to the world for many, many students,” Saxe said. “They teach people…they give them jobs and they do things.”
Saxe’s contributions to the TCC Foundation will help fund the development and implementation of new programs to benefit TCC students and the Tarrant County community.
“These are my children – waterfalls, endowments, scholarships – those are my children,” said Saxe, who has no biological children. “I take a great, great pride in that. I try and reach out to big institutions that will allow me to do things.”
Saxe, an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004, has a history of supporting Trinity River Campus. He also has also donated two replicas of historic ships, the Santa Marie and Hannah. The ships are on permanent display in the Tahita Fulkerson Library. In addition, he has funded several ”Little Free Libraries” in various locations around the Campus.
Saxe is also an accomplished author and lecturer and his opinions are sought after for newspapers, magazine articles and radio talk shows. Saxe also has been honored at Parkland Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital.
Scholarship recipient with waterfall honoree.

TCC Foundation 2016 scholarship recipient Daria Mrugala visits with Alan Saxe.

Saxe , fourth from right, with TCC leaders  and TCC Foundation Board members ndation

TCC dignataries at Allan Saxe Waterfall naming.

New TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Participates in Honoring Faculty and Staff at Annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Day

TCC Chancellor Giovannini and Board President Louise Appleman

TCC Chancellor Giovannini and Board President Louise Appleman

Tarrant County College faculty and staff gained insight into new TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini when TCC Board of Trustee President Louise Appleman posed questions ranging from his childhood heroes to his current priorities during an “armchair chat”-style interview.

Each year, TCC hosts the Chancellor’s Employee Appreciate Day to honor faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to TCC’s students and to the College’s institutional excellence. The 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher winners by campus are Northeast Campus Chemistry Professor Susan Patrick, Ph.D.; Northwest Campus English Instructor Wendi Pierce; South Construction Assistant Professor Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D.; Southeast Campus Developmental ESOL Instructor Mary Cinatl and Trinity River Campus Biology Assistant Professor Sophia Garcia, Ph.D.
Recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards are Gary Preather, associate vice chancellor for Real Estate and Facilities, for Access and Diversity; TCC Career Services Coordinators and Foundation Specialist for Forward Thinking; South Campus Starpoint Champions Team for Innovation and Creativity; Southeast Campus Accounting Associate Professor Karen Haun, Ph.D., for Service to Community; and, Paul Benero, South Campus Art associate professor, for Student Success.
Other nominees for Exemplary Teaching by campus include Northeast: Government Assistant Professor Joe Sutter and former Radio, Television and Film Assistant Professor Jerry Zumwalt, now vice president for Community Industry & Education at Northeast Campus; Northwest: Mathematics Instructor Alan Cazares and Computer Science Instructor Joan Shriver; South Campus: Biology Professor Jean H. de Schweinitz, Ph.D., and Health Physical Education Instructor Staci J. Smith; Southeast: Health Physical Education Associate Professor Melissa Evans, Ph.D., and Psychology Associate Professor Thelisa Nutt, Ph.D.; and Trinity River: Sign Language and Interpreting Instructor Sammie Sheppard and Nursing Associate Professor Tetsuya Umebayashi, Ph.D.
Additional nominees for Employee Excellence are District Executive Administrative Assistant Dora Massey and the South Campus Grounds Team for Access and Diversity; Welding Associate Professor Charles Credicott and the Innovation Forum Liaison Team for Forward Thinking; HR Chancellor’s Breakfast Team and South Campus Library Services Administrative Office Assistant Eileen Hart for Innovation and Creativity; District Physical Plant Administrative Office Assistant Lana Addington and Northeast Campus Sociology Instructor Cheryl North for Service to Community; and the NW Love Conference Team and TCC Connect Professional Development Team for Student Success.

TCC Board of Trustees Selects Diane Patrick to Fill Vacancy

Diane Patrick photoThe Tarrant County College Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Diane Patrick, Ph.D., to fill the District 3 seat recently vacated by Kristin Vandergriff. Patrick will take the oath of office at the Aug. 18 board meeting.
District 3 covers north and central Arlington and part of Euless. Patrick’s appointment will run through May 2017. The May election will be for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends May 2021. Trustees selected Patrick from among four finalists.
Patrick has been a dedicated servant in Tarrant County for more than 40 years, including 24 years as an elected official. She recently concluded an eight-year run as a Texas State Representative, serving on the Appropriations, Higher Education and Public Education Committees. Prior to her service in the Texas House, Patrick was a member of the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees and Texas State Board of Education.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of North Texas and administrative certification from The University of Texas at Arlington. Professionally, Patrick has been an elementary teacher, a psychiatric hospital education director and adjunct professor for Texas Christian University and Dallas Baptist University. Patrick recently returned to The University of Texas at Arlington as full-time Education Leadership faculty in the College of Education.
“TCC is the future. Not only for our community and Tarrant County, but in the region and the nation,” Patrick said after her appointment. “It’s going to be a great team as we move forward into the future, as we look at workforce development, transitions, public-private partnerships, distance education and research at the community college level.”
The TCC Board of Trustees approves the College budget, sets the College District tax rate and approves the policies governing Tarrant County College. The Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to represent specific geographic areas within Tarrant County.


TCC Seeks Applicants for Vacant Board Seat

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 26, 2016) – Tarrant County College announced that residents in District 3 may apply to be considered for a nine-month appointment for the seat that became vacant when longtime board member Kristin Vandergriff resigned July 12.
The deadline for applications is Monday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. Final review of candidates will take place at a Special Board meeting Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. in downtown Fort Worth at the District Office, 1500 Houston Street. The new board member will be sworn in at the next regular board meeting Aug. 18.
The candidate appointed to the position will serve until the next regular election for members of the Board of Trustees in May 2017. The winner of the special election will serve until the end of the original term that ends May 2021.
Candidates for the position must be a resident of District 3 that represents southeast Tarrant County, which includes north and central Arlington and part of Euless.
Applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume to louise.appleman@tccd.edu or mail to:
ATTN: Louise Appleman
Tarrant County College District
Chancellor’s Office
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
More information is available on the TCC website at tccd.edu/boardapplication.

Kristin Vandergriff Resigns from TCC Board of Trustees

Vandergriff (3)FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2016) The Tarrant County College Board of Trustees announced that Kristin Vandergriff has resigned from the seven-member board, effective immediately.
Vandergriff, district director for Congressional District 12 and a former Arlington resident, is resigning because she no longer lives within District 3, which covers north and central Arlington and part of Euless. She was first elected to a six-year term in 2002. The current term for the seat expires in 2021.
“I am proud to collectively serve as a Board, yet pay attention to every corner of the county. Our single agenda is truly about providing affordable, open access to quality teaching and learning,” Vandergriff said. “I am proud to know you, honored to work with you and tag along for the epic ride, challenges, innovations, with incredible success …because you are making it good for students, caring for what they do in life.”
Next steps will be determined at the next governance committee meeting.
“(Kristin) is and always will be her own person, and she has demonstrated her own skills at a level to be admired,” said Board President Louise Appleman. “We have been very fortunate to be beneficiaries of her time and talent.”

TCC Board Announces Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 20, 2016) – Following a national search, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees Thursday announced the selection of two finalists for chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
Finalists are Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., district president at Navarro College in Corsicana.
Two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community will be held Thursday, June 2, in the Energy Auditorium at TCC’s Trinity River Campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. TCC faculty and executive leadership also will meet with the candidates.
Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle in downtown Fort Worth.
The board is expected to name the sole finalist for chancellor at a special board meeting on June 9. Following a 21-day period, as specified by Texas Education Code, the appointment as chancellor will be official.
Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona since 2002, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. He began his community college career in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College as an instructor for two years before becoming chair of Office Technologies at Broome Community College in New York.
In 2014, Giovannini was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. He earned his doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Kavalier has more than 30 years of community college experience, including two community college presidencies and senior level experience in academic and student affairs at large urban and smaller colleges. She served more than 20 years with the Dallas County Community College District, three years as associate vice president at Tacoma Community College in Washington, three years at San Diego Mesa College as vice president of student services and three years as president of San Jose City College in California.
She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration with specialization in Community College Leadership from The University of Texas in Austin. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in English from Texas Christian University and earned her Master of Science in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University. Additionally, she earned her Associate of Arts and Science degree from DCCCD Mountain View College, where she later became an adjunct professor.
Kavalier’s experience also includes serving as the self-study director for Mountain View College before she was recruited to serve as president of San Jose College to focus on resolving accreditation issues. She has authored two books on community colleges.
TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October 2015.

TCC Seeks Firm for National Search for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 13, 2016) – Tarrant County College District, the nation’s 12th-largest higher education institution, is requesting proposals from executive search firms and organizations to conduct the search for a chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the institution.
The deadline for submission is Thursday, Feb. 4. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is available on the TCC web site at:
Board members approved the development of an RFP for a professional chancellor search firm last November. TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October.
TCC Board President Louise Appleman said, “Our Board has unanimously determined that a national search will help us identify the best leader for our 100,000 students, almost 5,000 faculty and staff and the taxpayers who support our mission.”
Appleman also said the board plans to communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community throughout the process.

TCC Board Announces National Search for New Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) The Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today announced a national search for a chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the institution, which is the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
Board members approved the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a professional chancellor search firm. TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October.
“Our Board has unanimously determined that a national search will help us identify the best leader for our 100,000 students, almost 5,000 faculty and staff and the taxpayers who support our mission,” said TCC Board President Louise Appleman. “We will be methodical in our search as we look for a leader who can guide a fast-growing college focused on access to higher education and student success.”
The board expects to select a search firm in early 2016. “The Board will continue to communicate with students, faculty and staff and the community throughout the process,” Appleman said.