Presidential Search

Tyler Junior College is pleased to provide information about the four finalists for TJC President, which were announced at the conclusion of the Board of Trustee’s April 9 meeting. TJC will host the candidates throughout the week of April 22 to participate in a variety of visits, interviews, and forums attended by the TJC Board, community members, faculty, staff and students. 

The four finalists are:

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Dr. Juan E. Mejia

President for Branch Locations and District Provost at Tyler Junior College


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Dr. Robert J. Exley

President of Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama


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Dr. Elizabeth U. Lewis

Dr. Elizabeth U. Lewis

Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas


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Dr. Deana Sheppard

Vice President of Instruction at Lone Star College – CyFair in Cypress, Texas


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If you have any questions about the search, please contact:

  • Bill Holda, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant 
    (903) 987-3332 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, ACCT
    (202) 384-5816 (mobile)
    202-775-4477 (office)
Presidential Search Timeline
Late-Jan. – Early Feb. 2019 Board of Trustees approves the search process, appoints the search committee and approves the Presidential Profile.
Mid-February 2019

Presidential Profile, timeline and prospectus are posted on and Targeted local, state-wide and national one-to-one recruitment commences. National advertising is placed.

Mid-February 2019

Screening Committee receives orientation/training, review of confidentiality, timeline, and application review process.

March 11, 2019

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 11, 2019, though applications will continue to be accepted until a successful candidate has been named.

Late-March, 2019

Screening Committee conducts initial review of applications and narrows the confidential pool.
Early April, 2019

Screening Committee conducts video interviews with confidential semifinalists, deliberates candidate interviews, and determines finalists to forward to the full Board of Trustees for further consideration.

April 22-26, 2019

Final candidates interview with the full Board of Trustees, tour campus and sites, participate in open public forums, meet with direct reports; Board of Trustees deliberates and selects sole finalist after the last candidate visit.

After 21 day waiting period

Board of Trustees votes to officially appoint the next TJC President.

July 1, 2019 Start Date