Lessner, Andrews promoted to TJC leadership positions

Feb 29, 2016 by

Tyler Junior College President Dr. Mike Metke has announced two promotions within the college’s leadership, effective Jan. 1.

Kim Lessner

Kim Lessner

Kimberly Lessner, director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC, has been named interim executive director of marketing, media and communications.

Mitch Andrews, TJC executive director of advancement and alumni affairs, has been named interim executive director of institutional advancement and the TJC Foundation.

Lessner joined the college as TJC science center director in May 2015, with primary responsibility for its overall leadership, management, planning and fundraising activities. In addition to her continuing role as science center director, she takes the helm of TJC’s marketing, media and communications department, which includes an eight-member staff responsible for the college’s marketing, public relations, creative services, editorial and web development.

Before joining TJC, Lessner served as development director for PATH in Tyler. Prior to moving to Tyler, her corporate business experience focused on market strategy and business development, with more than 25 years of experience. She was chief marketing officer at Protection One and vice president of marketing at Verizon Communications in New York. Her earlier experiences include strategic marketing and business development positions at Nissan Motor Corporation and Sears, Roebuck & Company.

Mitch Andrews

Mitch Andrews

Lessner is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She and her husband moved to the Tyler area in 2012 to be closer to family and friends.

Mitch Andrews joined TJC in 2002, as director of principal gifts; and in 2012, he was named executive director of advancement and alumni engagement.

In his new role at TJC, Andrews heads the college’s institutional advancement efforts and the TJC Foundation, which grew to more than $47 million in assets and more than $42 million in endowed funds.

Before joining TJC, he spent many years in Atlanta, Georgia, where he held arts development and marketing positions for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre Company, which are both divisions of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center.

Andrews holds an Associate Degree in Arts from TJC, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler. He and his wife, Joan, live in Tyler and have a son, Clayton.


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