Lessner named director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC

Aug 06, 2015 by

Kim Lessner has been named director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.

She oversees the science center’s growth and development, with primary responsibility for overall leadership, management, planning and fundraising activities.

“I am excited to be part of an organization that has such a deep heritage in bringing the mystery of space and our universe to the East Texas community,” Lessner said.

“By making science both relevant and fun, we have an opportunity to increase science literacy in our region, inspire young people to seek careers in science and technology, and foster lifelong learning for people of all ages.”

Most recently, Lessner served as development director for PATH in Tyler, where she was responsible for fundraising efforts, public relations, marketing, communications and special events such as PATH Week.

Prior to moving to Tyler, Lessner’s 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 also 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.

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.


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