Letter from the President

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke and his wife Donna, flanked by Apache Belles Madison Jantzen (far left) and Katie Park, at TJC’s 1920s-themed 90th Anniversary Celebration to benefit the TJC Promise, held in May. For more on the celebration, see Page 16.

Like the Model T Ford you see in the photo, TJC was also born in 1926.

Since that Model T rolled off the assembly line, innovation, imagination and technology have propelled automobiles into the future, causing them to go farther and faster, and to evolve into the high-tech machines we’re driving today.

TJC has also changed with the times.

What began with 93 students and nine faculty members is now a beautiful, 137-acre campus with more than 11,500 students and 600 faculty members, 120-plus degrees and certificates, nationally ranked athletics, and arts programs that are on par with any you’ll find anywhere.

The articles in this issue provide a terrific summary of where we are today and why we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who came before us and laid the foundation for so much progress, pride and promise.

With 90 years under our belt, we’re off to a great start; but we still have many miles to go.

Our future only gets brighter from here, and we can’t wait to show you what comes next.

Dr. L. Michael Metke
President, Tyler Junior College