TJC provost receives statewide recognition

Nov 07, 2017 by

Dr. Juan Mejia

Dr. Juan E. Mejia, Tyler Junior College provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, has been recognized as the recipient of the Texas Association of Community Colleges’ (TACC) Nelson Administrative Leadership Award. TACC includes all 50 public community college districts in Texas and is the backbone organization for advocacy, policy, legislation and collaboration among the colleges, the legislature, state agencies and the public.

The award was established in 2003 in memory of Carl M. Nelson, who served as president of Texarkana College and helped many others assume leadership positions across the state of Texas.

“Dr. Mejia has been an essential contributor to the community college mission since 1988,” said TJC President Dr. Mike Metke. “He promotes leadership that includes empowerment, legacy and accountability through ethical behavior.”

Mejia began his higher education journey at Texas State Technical Institute and was instrumental in the transition of the institution to what is now Texas State Technical College. He served as a founding member of South Texas Community College and was also instrumental in the transition to what is now South Texas College.

Dr. Shirley A. Reed, president of South Texas College, said, “Dr. Mejia is a treasure who symbolizes the immense contributions community colleges make toward transforming lives.”

Mejia earned his Bachelor of Science in education at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Master of Education in adult education, and his Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

“I am very humbled and grateful by the recognition, and I consider this honor
a celebration for the entire college community,” Mejia said.



News, Summer 2017

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