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Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D.

Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., joined Metropolitan Community College in August 2017 as president of the Penn Valley campus in midtown Kansas City. For two years, starting in July 2018, she also led MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City's Northland before returning full time to Penn Valley in July 2020.

Lee, who has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education, came to MCC from Prince George's Community College in Maryland, where she was vice president for student affairs. In that role, she was responsible for a range of administrative units and functions, including recruitment, enrollment, marketing, athletics and student auxiliary services, and she served as a member of the senior leadership team.

Lee was honored in 2020 with the Paragon Award for New Presidents from Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. She was inducted into the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City in 2019. She serves on the board of directors of the Urban Ranger Corps, which provides young men in Kansas City’s urban core with positive role models, tutors and life skills. She serves on the Broadway Westport Council, which oversees community development projects.

She has served as president of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. She received the 2019 Tribute to Success award from Connections to Success, which helps people living in poverty become economically self-sufficient; she is a member of the board of directors. She has served as past president of the National Council on Student Development. She is a member of the Presidents’ Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.

A Cleveland native, Lee holds three degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio: a bachelor’s in specialized studies; a master’s in education; and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration.