TJC names four finalists in presidential search

The Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees took another step closer to naming its next president with the selection of four finalists, according to TJC Board President Mike Coker.

The four finalists are:

  • Dr. Juan E. Mejia, President for Branch Locations and District Provost at Tyler Junior College
  • Dr. Robert J. Exley, President of Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama
  • Dr. Elizabeth U. Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Dr. Deana Sheppard, Vice President of Instruction at Lone Star College – CyFair in Cypress, Texas

 
The search for TJC’s next president began in January after TJC’s 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. 
 
A total of 83 men and women 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 who were interviewed. 
 
During the week of April 22, TJC will host the finalists. Each candidate will spend the day participating in a variety of visits, interviews, and forums attended by the TJC Board, community members, faculty and staff. 
 
The TJC Board will meet on May 1 in a regularly scheduled board meeting to announce the sole finalist. A 21-day waiting period will then begin.
 
On May 23, the TJC Board will announce the seventh president of Tyler Junior College, who will take office on July 1.

 

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