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New provost appointed to TCC Norfolk campus

Jordan Crawford | 7/14/2014, 2:49 p.m.
Jeffery S. Boyd, known to some as “Dr. J”, is the new provost of Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk Campus.

Jeffery S. Boyd of Elgin (Ill.) Community College is the new provost of Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk Campus, President Edna Baehre-Kolovani.

Boyd, currently Elgin’s dean of sustainability, business and career technologies, will begin his new job on Aug. 1. The downtown Norfolk campus serves more than 14,000 students each year.

Baehre-Kolovani said Boyd was the “perfect candidate” for the position, which has been filled on an interim basis by TCC Portsmouth Campus Provost Michelle Woodhouse.

“During Dr. Boyd’s interview we recognized that he had done in-depth homework about TCC and the Norfolk Campus,” Baehre-Kolovani said. “His understanding of the campus culture and operating environment, coupled with his experience of having worked in an urban community college setting, gave him an immediate advantage.”

She added, “He brings to TCC a wealth of leadership experience in economic and workforce development with the City of Elgin and with the Elgin school district. We are thrilled that he will be joining the TCC Team.” The president also said she’s grateful to Woodhouse for her contributions as interim provost.

As a TCC provost, Boyd will serve as chief operating officer and lead academic and student affairs administrator of the campus.

“I look forward to coming to TCC to join the students, staff and faculty of the Norfolk Campus,” he said. “The level of concern, commitment and connection to the community this campus has demonstrated is so impressive, and I am excited about becoming a member of the TCC family.”

Boyd brings a diverse background, rich in educational innovation. In his current role, he provides divisional leadership, collaborating with faculty and staff on curriculum and program development, professional development, policy formation, strategic planning, budget development and grant development. Boyd also worked to build partnerships with business and industry leaders, as well as public officials.

He is a proven fundraiser. Boyd secured a $100,000 grant to upgrade equipment in the college’s automotive program. He also secured funding of $150,000 to start a digital computer forensics program, which provided training for law enforcement officers.

He also served as associate dean of business and career technologies at Elgin, ensuring sound academic management of the 22 programs within the division and collaborating with college constituencies in purchasing and upgrading a new public safety communication program.

Boyd, who got his start at San Joaquin Delta College, a two-year institution in California, holds a doctor of education degree in community college leadership, a master’s in education and a bachelor’s in human services.

Known to some as “Dr. J,” Boyd, 53, and his wife, Carolyn, have five grown sons: Jeffery, Justen, Joshua, Jonathan and Jordan. He is a lighthouse enthusiast and enjoys outdoor and water activities. The couple plans to reside in Norfolk.