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Anthony Tardd to retire from Northern Virginia Community College

November 23, 2009

Dr. Anthony C. Tardd will retire from Northern Virginia Community College at the end of 2009. Tardd has worked at NOVA since 1973, including the last decade as provost at the Loudoun Campus in Sterling.

Tardd’s first position at NOVA was at the Alexandria Campus as an advisor to foreign students. He quickly moved up to division counselor, then associate coordinator of counseling services and division chair. In 1992, he became dean of student development and assistant for instructional and campus development at the Manassas Campus. He was appointed Loudoun Campus provost in 1999.

As provost at one of the fastest growing community college campuses in Virginia, Tardd was responsible for administering the instructional, student development, learning resources, continuing education and workforce development programs for more than 10,000 students in credit programs and approximately 5,000 students in non-credit programs. During his tenure, he also opened and managed four off-campus centers.

When asked about his career, Tardd jokingly said, “I’ve done everything and served on every committee.” But he wasn’t exaggerating. Tardd worked on all of the major NOVA committees including Administrative Council, College Senate, budget, curriculum, planning, instructional and student services, and institutional effectiveness. He also wrote NOVA’s first affirmative action plan.

In addition, he was the College’s administrative coordinator for Achieving the Dream, a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students.

Tardd represented NOVA at the state level on several councils and committees, including the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Advisory Council of Deans and Provosts, Executive Council of Deans and Provosts, VCCS Student Services Committee, the first VCCS Student Leadership Conference, and the VCCS Task Force on Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Faculty for a Globally Competitive Educational System.

Tardd made many friends in the Loudoun community and enjoyed working with them on projects that benefited the area. He served on the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Committee, The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Principal Award selection committee, Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, and with the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

“These past 10 years as provost have been the highlight of my career,” Tardd said. “The Loudoun Campus is truly a wonderful place to work and learn and this is undoubtedly a testament to the dedicated faculty and staff who make up the campus. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work with all of them. I will truly miss NOVA but I do indeed look forward to retirement.”

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site,