Dr. Bryan Renfro, dean of the Tyler Junior College School of Professional and Technical Programs, recently attended the American Association of Community Colleges John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute in Washington, D.C., TJC publicity officials announced.
The institute is an annual, four-day seminar designed for community college department chairs, deans, assistant/associate deans, or directors who aspire to advance into senior leadership roles.
It provides participants the opportunity to hone leadership skills in critical areas such as change management, strategic planning and budgeting, shared governance and accountability, and understanding the rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions.
“The institute provided me with an opportunity to hear about the current state and future direction of community colleges from some of the best leaders across the nation,” Renfro said. “It was a great experience, and I am thankful to TJC for supporting my attendance.”
Renfro joined TJC in August 2016. He previously served as dean of business and public services at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa; instructional chair/assistant dean at Colorado Mountain College-Timberline Campus; forensic science and law enforcement instructor at Ben Barber Career and Technical Academy in Mansfield; public safety academy specialist at Tarrant County College; and criminal justice department chair at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
The TJC School of Professional and Technical Programs offers comprehensive degree and certificate programs designed to train students in specific career fields, including: automotive technology; business management; child development/early childhood; computer science; criminal justice; electrical/electronic controls; emergency medical services professions; fire protection technology; game and simulation development; healthcare administration; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology; industrial maintenance technology; paralegal; photography; power plant technology; public administration; sign language interpreting; surveying and mapping; visual communications; web development; and welding technology, among others.