TCC names Dr. Leigh Goodson President

The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents voted May 13 to name Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D., as the fourth president to serve the College since it was founded in 1970. Goodson is the first female named to the role in TCC’s history and the first female president of one of the state’s three largest higher education institutions. TCC provides the first two years of a baccalaureate education and key workforce training for the Tulsa area.

Goodson was selected after a seven-month, nationwide search involving community and college representatives. Goodson was a finalist among three candidates including Richard Shrubb, Ph.D., of Minnesota, and Ann Valentine, Ph.D., of Indiana. The new president is expected to start the first week in July.

“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,” said TCC Board of Regents Chair Ron Looney. “Dr. Leigh Goodson is extremely qualified with a background as an administrator and faculty member plus she has a strong understanding of the path our students take from common education to degree obtainment to achieve success.”

The TCC Presidential search began following the announcement that current TCC President Thomas K. McKeon, Ed.D., would retire at the end of June 2014. McKeon led many of the College’s significant administrative and process improvements with a strong focus on student access and academic excellence. He also launched the nationally recognized Tulsa Achieves Program which has resulted in the admission of more than 10,000 students in seven years without the cost of tuition and fees.

“Dr. McKeon has certainly left a lasting imprint on TCC as the College’s third president and both he and the TCC regents are committed to helping with the transition to Dr. Goodson,” Looney said. “The Board of Regents is excited about the visionary and collaborative leadership that Goodson brings and her established relationships in Oklahoma’s higher education system as well as within the Tulsa community.”

Goodson currently serves as the vice president for Research and Institutional Advancement at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the OSU in Tulsa branch campus. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research and Evaluation from OSU in Stillwater, a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from OSU.

Watch Dr. Goodson’s speech after being named president.

Read more on the TCC website.