Tyler, Texas (Tyler Junior College) — Dr. Juan E. Mejia has joined Tyler Junior College as vice president of student affairs.
He replaces Dr. Charles Florio, who had been at TJC since 2011, first serving as interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and finally as vice president of student affairs. Before coming to TJC, Florio was president of Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant. He retired from NTCC in 2008.
“Dr. Florio set the bar very high, and part of his charge was to help select a new vice president who would not only carry on Dr. Florio’s work but help TJC reach new heights,” TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said. “Dr. Juan E. Mejia was the unanimous selection and he is off to a great start.”
Mejia was previously at South Texas College in McAllen, where he had served as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer since 2003. In this role, he provided the leadership for the academic deans, campus administrators, academic directors, department/program chairs, and the almost 600 faculty members who served the college’s growing student population.
As TJC vice president of student affairs, Mejia is responsible for intercollegiate athletics, student life and involvement, enrollment management services, advising, admissions and dual credit, registrar, campus safety, support services and judicial programs.
“Dr. Mejia’s own story is a testament to the power of a community college as it was at a community college where, as a first-generation college student, he was able to complete a one-year certificate program which encouraged him to continue his education earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees,” Metke said. “Like so many of our students, he earned all those degrees while working full time and raising a family.
“Dr. Mejia is excited about being part of this vibrant college and we are excited about having him join our TJC family.”
He has been recognized at the local, state and national level for his work in higher education, which spans more than 25 years; and he has served on national councils, boards, committees, and task forces.
His achievements include serving as chair of the South Texas Higher Education Regional Council, vice president for the National Council for Workforce Education, board member for the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, vice chair of the Texas Skill Standards Board Task Force on Skill Standards, and steering committee member on both the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Curriculum Development and the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Professional Development.
He has completed programs of study at Texas State Technical Institute, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.