TCC president to retire

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Thomas McKeon
Thomas McKeon
Updated: 10/11/2013 1:49 pm Published: 10/11/2013 1:48 pm

Thomas K. McKeon, Ed.D, the president of Tulsa Community College, announced he will retire effective July 1, 2014.

McKeon was named President in July 2004 and will have served as President 10 years upon his effective retirement as a 33-year employee of Tulsa Community College.

McKeon began his career in higher education at then Tulsa Junior College, McKeon served as an instructor and later went on to fill numerous administrative roles with the College, including dean of instruction, provost of two campuses, and the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, before being named President following Dean P. VanTrease, Ph.D.

McKeon led many of the College’s significant administrative and process improvements with a strong focus on community wide access and academic excellence for students. Today the college has more than 28,000 students enrolled in credit classes annually compared to 2,796 students when the College opened in 1970.

In May, TCC had the largest number of graduates in its 43-year history. Today TCC offers more online degrees and enrolls more concurrent students than any college or university in the state.

McKeon led the creation of 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. His leadership as President included the introduction of the Attend College Early program which preceded Tulsa Achieves and was adopted statewide by Gov. Brad Henry for high school students attending college concurrently in Oklahoma.

“Dr. McKeon has left an imprint on TCC that will serve us for decades to come. His commitment to the community college mission of full access to higher education for everyone is exceeded only by his ability to lead TCC with collaboration and shared administrative engagement at all levels of our College and the community,” said Ron Looney, chair of the TCC Board of Regents.

McKeon will reside in Tulsa upon retirement with his wife Stacey. Together they have two children in the Tulsa area Carly and Tyler and daughter-in-law Molly.

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