TJC President for Branch Locations and District Provost Dr. Juan E. Mejia has been appointed to the Community College Baccalaureate Association Board of Directors, school publicity officials announced.
The CCBA was established in 2000 with the philosophy that every person should have an opportunity to pursue the baccalaureate degree at a place that is convenient, accessible and affordable.
The association’s board of directors is composed of community college administrators from across the country and has an international membership.
“I am very honored by the opportunity to work with stellar colleagues from this visionary association,” Mejia said.
“We believe that Dr. Mejia’s appointment will help CCBA encourage and provide support so that more states and colleges are able to offer their students the opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree.”
CCBA President Dr. Angela Kersenbrock said.
“Because of the successful college-going culture that is taking hold in East Texas, TJC is one of only four Texas Legacy junior/community colleges to gain legislative designation -- as well as approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Level II accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges -- to offer specialized baccalaureate degrees,” Mejia said.
Mejia understands the importance of cooperation between various entities in the community.
“TJC has a focus of meeting the educational and training needs for our region, while working collaboratively with our higher education partners, and leaders from business and industry,’’ he said. “The baccalaureate degrees selected by TJC have been strongly supported by them, and for this we are very grateful.”
Mejia has served on several national, state and local boards, both in South Texas and East Texas.