Inauguration Ceremony for TNCC President Set for October 14

Published: September 1, 2005

The inauguration of Dr. Charles A. Taylor as the sixth president of Thomas Nelson Community College will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 14. The inaugural address will be given by Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. McKinley Price, Chair of the TNCC Local College Board will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Several educational and community leaders will also be making remarks at the ceremony. A reception is being planned immediately after the inaugural ceremony.

At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Dr. Charles A. Taylor will be joining TNCC students at a Student Leadership Breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the Espada Conference Center on the TNCC Hampton Campus. Other student events planned during the week in celebration of the inauguration include a student scholarship reception and a traveling Hispanic Heritage Cinema Exhibit.

Dr. Taylor began his tenure as Thomas Nelson Community College president on July 1, 2004. He holds a doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University of Chicago, a master’s degree in Education from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Before taking the position of president at TNCC, he served as senior vice chancellor for administration and finance/chief operating officer at Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California. Dr. Taylor was with the Peralta Community College District in Oakland for two years. Prior to that, he served as vice president for student affairs at Kellogg Community College in Michigan. He also served as president of St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas, and he was chancellor and chief executive officer for the Community Colleges of Spokane, Washington. He also has held administrative appointments in Illinois and Maryland.

In addition to his extensive administrative experience, Dr. Taylor taught in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Higher Education at Loyola University of Chicago, and he also served as an assistant professor in Education at Chicago State University.

Dr. Taylor has served on various community and civic organizations, such as the chamber of commerce, economic development councils, workforce development organizations, Rotary and foundations. He has also served on a number of national boards. Since becoming President at TNCC, he has continued his community involvement by serving on a number of boards such as the Hampton Roads Partnership, Virginia Tidewater Consortium and Greater Peninsula NOW, just to name a few. Dr. Taylor has a number of publications and national awards.

Dr. Taylor is married to Dr. Scheherazade Taylor, who has a doctorate in Health Systems and Nursing Administration from the University of Michigan and they have four children. She is the Director of Acute Services for Riverside Behavioral Health Center, Peninsula.

The Inauguration ceremony for a college president traditionally takes place a year to 18 months after the president’s arrival to the institution for several reasons. The inauguration is an opportunity for the new president to offer his or her vision for the school. The new president needs time to get to know his or her new college — what its current organization might be, what challenges it faces, its strengths and weaknesses, for example — in order to refine a vision. Also, since an inauguration is to be, at least in part, a reflection of the new president’s personality and preferences, event and ceremony planners need time to become acquainted with the new person in order to determine what the details of the ceremony should be.

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