Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., has been named president of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus in midtown Kansas City, MCC Chancellor Mark James has announced.
Lee, who has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education, will be coming to MCC from Maryland, where since 2009 she has served as vice president for student affairs at Prince George’s Community College. In that role, she is a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for a range of administrative units and functions, including recruitment, enrollment, marketing, athletics and student auxiliary services.
Chancellor James said Lee emerged as the sole finalist from “a strong and diverse pool of candidates” because of her success in community college leadership, her passion for student success, her commitment to inclusion and community engagement, and “her resonance with the educational offerings and aspirations of Penn Valley, MCC’s most diverse and global campus.”
James, who will be retiring June 30, added: “Chancellor-designate Kimberly Beatty and I are pleased that Dr. Lee has accepted the Penn Valley presidency. We are confident that she will lead the campus to higher levels of growth, achievement and student success.”
Lee is expected to start at MCC in early August.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve the MCC-Penn Valley faculty, staff, students and community,” Lee said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we continue to advance the vision and mission of Metropolitan Community College.”
Lee will replace Joe Seabrooks, Ed.D., who left the College in July 2016 for a community college presidency in Dallas. Seabrooks served as president at MCC-Penn Valley and, before that, at MCC-Blue River.
Tony Ross, Ed.D., has been interim president of MCC-Penn Valley since last August. The chancellor thanked Ross for his “able leadership” at Penn Valley and as an MCC officer.
Before working at Prince George’s Community College, Lee served as associate vice president for enrollment management and student services at Tidewater Community College in Virginia and as director of counseling at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, where earlier she was national director of the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA). Throughout her career, she has taught at least one course a quarter and has been involved in curriculum development for master’s and doctoral level programs.
Lee holds three degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio: a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies; a master’s degree in education; and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership, with an emphasis on higher education administration.