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TCC announces two chancellor finalists

The Tarrant County College board of trustees has chosen two finalists for chancellor, the top administrative leadership position at the school.

Announced late Thursday, the finalists are Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., most recently president of Navarro College in Corsicana.

Two public forums will be held Thursday June 2 in the Energy Auditorium at TCC’s Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in downtown Fort Worth. The forums, set from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., are open for students, faculty, staff and the community to meet the candidates. TCC faculty and executive leadership also will meet with Giovannini and Kavalier.

The board is expected to name the sole finalist 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.

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.

Angela Robinson, TCC general counsel and vice chancellor, has served as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October 2015.

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