Dr. Juan E. Mejia proudly serves the students and communities of East Texas through his role as President of Tyler Junior College (TJC). He is approaching his six-year anniversary with TJC, and prior to this role, served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at South Texas College (STC). Both STC and TJC are accredited as Level II, baccalaureate-granting institutions by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges.
He currently serves on the boards of the Community College Baccalaureate Association, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tyler and the East Texas Human Needs Network. He is a member of the Tyler Business Education Council, the Tyler Area Partnership 4 Education, the Smith County Seat Coalition and the Lindale Music Friendly Community Designation Committee. He has also previously served on the Boards for the National Council for Workforce Education, the Texas Associate of College Technical Educators, the Literacy Council of Tyler, CASA of East Texas, and the Tyler Innovation Pipeline.
Dr. Mejia was the 2017 recipient of the Nelson Award by the Texas Association of Community Colleges, and he has been recognized during the 84th, 85th, and 86th Texas Legislative Sessions for his service to Texas students and communities through his role with a Texas junior/community college. He was also recently recognized as a Distinguished Pioneer of the Valley Scholars Program by South Texas College. He is a graduate of Texas State Technical Institute, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University – Kingsville. He is a graduate of the Leadership Tyler’s Executive Orientation Series, and is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa’s chapters Beta Epsilon Mu at South Texas College, and Alpha Omicron at Tyler Junior College.
He believes in service to students and communities by creating a culture and environment where leadership is valued, learning is celebrated, collaboration is promoted, and personal and professional growth is encouraged and supported. His values include a commitment to the mission of junior/community colleges, the empowerment of everyone from the college community to achieve their fullest potential, an ethical value system where honor and principles permeate throughout, a vision for courage and legacy, and accountability and transparency that strengthens trust and respect within the College community and with external stakeholders. Dr. Mejia is the father of five sons and he and his wife, Meela, reside in Tyler.