New Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Takes the Helm

Spending first few weeks visiting campuses, connecting with TCC community
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016)
 
WHAT:
As Tarrant County College’s new chancellor, Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., officially steps into his new role and gets to know faculty, staff and students, he also is making himself available next month to meet with members of the media for one-on-one interviews.
 
Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., was selected following a national search for TCC’s chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the TCC, one of the 20 largest colleges or universities in the United States. He is spending his initial days visiting campuses and participating in activities launching the fall semester.
 
WHEN:
Monday, Sept. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in 30-minute intervals.
Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in 30-minute intervals
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College District Office
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Details to be finalized when interview is confirmed.
 
TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW CONTACT:
Rita L.B. Parson
rita.parson@tccd.edu
817-515-1543
or
Reggie Lewis
reginald.lewis@tccd.edu
817-515-1889

 

Eugene Giovannini to Lead Tarrant County College

2016_Giovanini_EugeneFORT WORTH, Texas (July 14, 2016) The Tarrant County College Board of Trustees officially named Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., as the new chancellor for the College District. Chancellor is the top administrative leadership post at the College, one of the 20 largest colleges or universities in the United States.
 
Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to take office in late August to participate in activities launching the fall semester. He was selected following a national search.
 
Since 2002, Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. Maricopa College has been recognized as a Hispanic Serving-Institution and boasts an Early College High School with a 98.7 percent retention rate.
 
Giovannini 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. Other professional experience includes serving as a chief academic and student affairs officer.
 
He was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in 2014 and now serves as chair. Additionally, Giovannini has continued to teach finance and policy development at the graduate level and has authored and published several papers and books.
 
Giovannini 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.
 

TCC Holds Public Forums for Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 2, 2016)
 
WHAT:
Tarrant County College will hold two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community to meet two finalists for TCC chancellor. Chancellor is the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
 
After a national search the two finalists were announced at the May 19 board meeting as 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.
 
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.
 
WHEN:
Thursday, June 2
 
Morning Open Forum
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
 
Afternoon Open Forum
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus
Energy Auditorium, Fourth Floor, TRTR 4008
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
 
NOTE: Media planning to cover this event should call 817-515-1543 to confirm attendance.
 

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.


 

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.

Tarrant County College District, UTA launch Early Transfer Identification Program

Initiative will ease the path for more two-year college students to earn bachelor’s degrees

TCC-UTA signing

TCC Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari sign agreement.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarrant County College District and The University of Texas at Arlington announce an innovative and collaborative partnership designed to strengthen the workforce by increasing the number of North Texans who have a college degree.
 
The Early Transfer Identification Program, or E-TIP, enables the two institutions to identify potential transfer students early in their academic careers, create a UTA admissions record for prospective transfer students and guide each student along a clear pathway to a college degree.
 
The program will streamline the UTA application process for participating TCCD students and will help them achieve an affordable four-year degree at a predictable cost. First-time-in-college students at TCC will be eligible for the guaranteed tuition plan at UTA which provides for tuition at UTA to remain at a constant rate for the four years from their start at TCC.
 
E-TIP is a critical component of the two institutions’ response to the state’s 60x30TX plan, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 to have a college degree or a certificate by 2030. Currently, about 38.5 percent of young Texans hold a degree or certificate.
 
“I am pleased that UTA and TCC are forging stronger partnerships to provide smooth and integrated pathways for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees through a combination of studies at our two institutions,” UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “A bachelor’s degree is increasingly needed for students to achieve their full potential and to access the economic opportunity that has long been the hallmark of our great state. Academe needs to do more to facilitate excellence and access in higher education at levels affordable to our students, and the E-TIP program provides a step in the right direction.”
 
Angela Robinson, acting chancellor for the Tarrant County College District, noted that fewer than 23 percent of students enrolled in a community college statewide currently advance to a four-year institution.
 
“Students come to Tarrant County College for many different reasons, from career enhancement to additional technical knowledge. But a large percentage of students begin their higher education journey on our campuses and will leave TCC well prepared to earn their bachelor’s degree,” Robinson said. “This new partnership will have an immediate positive impact by introducing students early to UTA, providing them a clear academic path toward degree completion and giving them the advising resources they need to succeed.”
 
The program also includes:
• An agreement that TCCD and UTA will regularly share relevant data about students enrolled in an associate’s degree plans to create an early UTA admission record for two-year college students. Prospective transfer students enrolled in an associate degree plan will be pre-admitted to UTA and will not need to file a separate application.
 
• A “reverse articulation” agreement that will ensure that appropriate UTA course credits count toward a Tarrant County College associate degree so that more students who enroll in the two-year college will earn a degree from their first institution.
 
• Regular office hours and meeting space for UTA admissions counselors embedded on Tarrant County College campuses to advise transfer students on degree plans and which courses will count toward an ultimate bachelor’s degree in the selected major. Admissions counselors will help prospective transfer students avoid courses that won’t count toward their major, saving money and time toward degree completion.
 
• A UTA-led workshop each semester for potential transfer students on each participating TCCD campus.
 
• An annual special UTA campus tour experience for students participating in the E-TIP program.
 
• A limited number of tickets to UTA special events and athletics competitions for participating E-TIP students.
 
The UTA-TCCD program comes as the University is renewing its emphasis on prospective, newly admitted and current transfer students. Both institutions are working to increase the number of college graduates each produces and to help students manage college costs.
 
UTA is Texas’ top choice for transfer students, with 5,750 new undergraduate transfer students enrolled in Fall 2015. U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA the third-largest destination in the nation for transfer students based on its 2015 survey of undergraduate programs.
 
About 67 percent of incoming UTA students in Fall 2015 were transfers from other four- and two-year campuses. Tarrant County College is the largest provider of transfer students to UTA each year. Almost 1,800 TCC students have transferred to UTA so far during the the 2015-2016 academic year with more enrolling for summer sessions.
 

TCCD, UTA to Announce New Early Admissions Program to Help More Transfer Students Earn Bachelor’s Degrees

WHAT:
Tarrant County College District and The University of Texas at Arlington will announce an innovative and collaborative partnership designed to increase the number of North Texans with a college degree during a Memorandum of Understanding signing event.
 
The Early Transfer Identification Program, or E-TIP, enables the two institutions to identify prospective transfer students early in their academic careers, guide each student along a clear pathway to a college degree and help students achieve their degrees at a price they can afford.
 
E-TIP is a critical component of Tarrant County’s response to the state’s 60x30TX plan, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 having a college degree or a certificate by 2030. Currently, about 38.5 percent of young Texans hold a degree or certificate.
 
WHO:
UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari and TCCD Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson will be joined by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley; Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen; Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson; TCC Trinity River Campus President S. Sean Madison; and Joy Gates Black, TCCD Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success.
 
WHEN:
Friday, May 6, 2016
9 a.m.
 
WHERE:
TCC Trinity River Campus Rotunda, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth.
Parking is available in the TCC garage. Enter from West Belknap Street at Cherry Street.

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:
www.tccd.edu/Bid_Information/Current_Open_Bids.html
 
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.
 

TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley’s Funeral Services Announced

Erma-Johnson-Hadley BuzzFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 7, 2015) Arrangements for Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley are:

Lie in State/Visitation: Friday, Oct. 9, from noon to 5 p.m.
The New Mount Rose Baptist Church, 2864 Mississippi, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Wake: Friday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The New Mount Rose Baptist Church, 2864 Mississippi, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Funeral Service: Saturday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m.
Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth, TX 76104

To honor her legacy, a scholarship has been established in her name—the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Scholarship Fund – with the TCCD Foundation. Giving to the scholarship is in keeping with her family’s wishes to receive scholarship donations in lieu of flowers.

Donations can be made to: Erma C. Johnson Hadley Scholarship

Notes of condolence can be sent to:
Tarrant County College District, Chancellor’s Office
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102.

TCC Board of Trustees Names Acting Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a special called meeting, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today unanimously named TCC Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson as acting chancellor.
 
The special meeting was called in response to the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Thursday morning.
 
Robinson will continue her duties as general counsel for the College and will not be a candidate for the chancellor position.
 
No further business was conducted at the Board meeting.