Thomas Nelson’s Local Board Welcomes Two New Members

Published: June 24, 2013

Two new members have been appointed to the Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Local Board. Joining the Board are Mr. Augustus L. Owens and Ms. Elizabeth S. Tai representing Newport News and York County, respectively. The Board consists of 14 members from six localities in the College’s service area and acts in an advisory capacity to Thomas Nelson President Dr. John T. Dever and the State Board for Community Colleges.

Mr. Owens, a retired Human Resources professional with the City of Newport News and former Colonial Williamsburg, Inc. Training Director, specialized in governance and employee relations during his tenure with the City of Newport News. He has degrees from South Carolina State University, Hampton University and an Education Specialist degree in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University.

Mr. Owens served on several civic and service organizations including the Newport News Human Rights Commission with two terms as Chairman. He is a Registered Parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. The U.S. Army veteran served in Vietnam and is a member of American Legion Post 368. His wife, June, is a retired public school educator. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Ms. Tai is the Director of Poquoson Public library. Her professional background includes service as Senior Librarian with Queens Borough Public Library in New York City, New York; Assistant Regional Librarian at the Cincinnati Public Library; and Librarian at the Georgia State Library in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Texas Women’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from National Cheng Kung University in China.

In addition to serving on the National Cheng Kung University North America Alumni Association & Foundation Board, she is a member of the Virginia Library Association Executive Board, York/Poquoson Social Services Regional Board of Directors, Peninsula Chinese American Associate Board and several other civic boards. She is also a charter member of the Tabb Kiwanis Club and has volunteered 30 years for the American Red Cross’ Language Bank.

She received the Virginia Public Library Directors Association’s 2004 Outstanding Library Director Award. In 2003, friends of the Poquoson Public Library established the Elizabeth S. Tai Scholarship for deserving high school seniors. To date, 22 students have received the $1,000 scholarship. Her family includes husband, Hsiang, and children, Alan, Victoria and Brian.


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