Presidential Search Update from Chairman Ron Looney

Dear TCC Community,

Three candidates for president of Tulsa Community College have been selected to visit and meet with employees, students and the public as part of the search to replace current President Thomas K. McKeon before his retirement June 30.

Dr. Leigh Goodson, Dr. Richard Shrubb and Dr. Ann Valentine are scheduled to be in Tulsa on April 1, 2 and 3 to tour TCC campuses and attend public forums.  Each forum will include a brief statement by the presidential candidate and an open question and answer period.  All employees and students are encouraged to attend the campus forums which will be held from 2 – 3 p.m. on each of the three campuses.  In addition, the candidates will meet with the College Faculty Association, Staff Council and Professional Employees Council leadership teams. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Open Public Forum – Dr. Richard Shrubb, Northeast Campus Large Auditorium, NEC1470

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Open Public Forum – Dr. Leigh Goodson, Southeast Campus Auditorium, SU9101

Thursday, Apri1 3, 2014

Open Public Forum – Dr. Ann Valentine, Metro Campus Commons

Goodson is currently vice president for Research and Institutional Advancement at the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences and Tulsa campuses and formerly served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and External Affairs for the OSU HSC in Tulsa.  The combined campuses have a student population of 2,307 students.

Shrubb is president of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College where he recently announced his retirement.  Formerly he was vice president of Academic and Students Affairs for Terra State Community College in Ohio.  Minnesota West Community and Technical College has 5,500 students.

Valentine is chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley Region, where she has served in that role for three years.  Previously, she was president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.  Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley Region, is part of the Ivy Tech system and has 3,100 students. 

Steps in the search have included the development of a Presidential Profile reflecting college and community desires for the future president.  The Search Committee reviewed a number of applications, conducted video interviews with the top nine candidates, and selected five of those candidates who were then referred to the full Board of Regents for review. The Board of Regents then selected the top three candidates were to move forward.

Members of the Search Committee were:  Regent Ron Looney serving as chair of the Search Committee; Regents Paul Cornell and Bill McKamey; Mary Shaw, former chair of the TCC Foundation; Larry Mocha, current chair of the TCC Foundation; employees Mary Cantrell, Pam Chew; Dr. Jan Clayton, Dr. Mike Limas and Terry Jacobs-Davis; civic leader Shane Fernandez; and, student Serena Poteete

In addition to the public forums, the candidates will meet privately with individual members of the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents hopes to vote on a final candidate and offer the position prior to McKeon’s retirement in June.

McKeon announced his retirement in October and plans to remain in Tulsa following his retirement in June.  A chronology of the search process as well as the Presidential Profile and candidate biographies can be found on the TCC web site at

I sincerely hope you will take the opportunity to meet our candidates.  A comment form will be provided at each event for input and suggestions. Your input will be an important part of this selection process.  Also, I am sincerely grateful for the employees, students and friends of the College who participated in the Search Committee process.  I hope you will extend your appreciation as well. 

As Regents, our goal is to select a future leader for TCC who will honor the values and successes of the past and chart a new course for the future as a two-year community college with strong partnerships and students as our focus.


Ron Looney,

Chair, TCC Regents and Search Committee