Message from the President
As you may have seen in the news, I have announced my retirement from Tulsa Community College effective July 1, 2014. This decision came after much personal reflection and many conversations with my wife Stacey. When I began teaching for Tulsa Junior College as a part-time instructor in 1978, I never imagined that I would become the College’s president two and half decades later. I truly have had a dream career, but the time has come for me to transition to a new phase in my professional and personal life.
When I became President, my goal was to strengthen the College and to move it to new levels of achievement. TCC is stronger than ever before and is recognized both locally and nationally for innovation and quality. I am so proud of the work that has been accomplished at the College over the past 10 years, particularly our focus on student access and student success. Two of the most transformational initiatives I have experienced during my tenure at TCC have been the implementation of Tulsa Achieves in 2007 and the work over the past six years by our faculty and staff to enhance student success through research-informed initiatives.
I often tell our employees that the work we do as educators is a team sport and our team has many members. The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents is critical to the success of our team. I deeply appreciate the members of the Board of Regents for their commitment to the College and for believing in and supporting me as President.
TCC could not have achieved its superior level of private support without a hardworking Foundation. I so appreciate and recognize the past and current members of the Tulsa Community College Foundation for their dedication and support of our mission.
In addition, I want to thank the citizens of Tulsa and the many friends of Tulsa Community College throughout our state. Without their support, our College would not be the college it is today.
It has been a great honor for me to work for so many years with the finest community college faculty and staff in America. I am so proud of their accomplishments. I know in the future they will continue their unwavering commitment to the College’s students and the two-year community college mission.
Students are the reason we exist. I have had the good fortune to meet and to get to know so many of the students who have attended our College. It has been extremely gratifying knowing that the work we do collectively is impacting many thousands of students, one person at a time. This has been the single most rewarding experience of my career at TCC.
In closing, I want you to know that I will always be a passionate advocate for the important role our College plays in our community and that I will always cherish the friends and colleagues I have gained throughout my career at TCC.
With my deep gratitude,
Thomas K. McKeon, Ed.D.