More than 80 individuals have applied to become Tyler Junior College’s next president, according to TJC Board President Mike Coker.
“Our consultant indicated that the TJC search has garnered one of the largest and most competitive applicant pools in recent memory,” Coker said. “We are told that this is a tribute to the quality of the institution, its leadership, its faculty, staff, board, and its students. The entire TJC family should be very encouraged by the process and the results so far.”
The search for TJC’s next president began in January after TJC Chancellor and CEO Dr. Mike Metke announced he would retire this summer. Metke is in his 12th year at the helm of the College and is only the sixth president/chancellor to lead TJC in its 92-plus year history. Under Metke’s leadership, TJC has grown in multiple areas including enrollment, academic and workforce programs, athletic national championships, foundation assets and geographic space.
A total of 83 men and women from throughout the United States and Canada applied for the prestigious position, and after a thorough review of each applicant by a Board-appointed screening committee, the pool was narrowed to several semi-finalists. Those individuals will be interviewed, and the TJC Board of Trustees will then select three to five finalists.
Later in April, final candidates will visit the College to interview with the Board, tour campus locations, participate in open forums and meet with direct reports.
At the conclusion of final interviews, the Board will select the sole finalist which will be announced to the public. After a 21-day waiting period, the Board will vote to officially appoint the seventh TJC president.