Save the Date!
"Lead Like a Woman"
A Panel Discussion
Friday, September 22, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm.
Suzanne Johnson, PhD
Green River College
Dr. Suzanne Johnson began her career in higher education as a full-time psychology faculty member at Dowling College, New York. In 2012, after many years as a faculty member, Dr. Johnson moved into administrative roles and became Dean of the College at Dowling College. She intentionally made the move to community colleges in 2014 when she had the opportunity to serve as interim campus president at Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Oregon. Her move to community colleges was driven by her commitment to the community college mission and the essential role community colleges play in providing educational pathways to opportunity. Prior to becoming president at Green River College, Dr. Johnson served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in New York. She has been serving as president of Green River College since July 2017. Her time at Green River College, thus far, has focused on facilitating and supporting the collaborative efforts of the college’s outstanding faculty and staff as they work to ensure equitable student outcomes and deepen a culture of caring and belonging for all students. Of equal importance is her work to position the college as an invaluable partner with businesses and industries to contribute to the economic growth, vitality and stability of the cities it serves. Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College, New York; and a master’s degree in psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stony Brook University, New York.
Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Metropolitan Community College
Dr. Tyjaun A. Lee serves as the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at Metropolitan Community College. In this position, she is responsible for facilities, finance and Workforce, and Economic Development. Prior to this role, she served as campus president of the Penn Valley campus at Metropolitan Community College. Where she was responsible for all campus operations including the Health Sciences Institute and Advanced Technical Skills Institute, which encompasses over thirteen health sciences programs. She is also responsible for all academic and student services on the Penn Valley Campus. Prior to arriving at MCC Penn Valley, she served as Vice President for Student Services at Prince George’s Community College. In that role, she was responsible for managing administrative units, programs, and student services including recruitment, enrollment, student development, retention, marketing, athletics, and the coordination of the operational oversight of auxiliary services for students.
Prior to her role at Prince George’s Community College, Lee served as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA, where she provided strategic college-wide guidance and execution for all activities related to enrollment and student services.
In addition, Lee served as director of the counseling department at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio at the Metropolitan Campus where she designed programs for students at risk academically. She was also the national director for the Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA), where she managed a performance-based NASA contract, monitored and established 15 SEMAA sites across the country, and conducted workshops for at-risk students for NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She also served as director of the Student Support Services Program at David N. Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to her arrival in Kansas City, Missouri, she was active in several community programs that are geared toward underrepresented young men and women, including serving on the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (Prince George’s County branch), the Homeless Youth Work Group, and the state and local Action Advisory Group for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Currently, she serves on the Connections to Success Board and Girl Scouts of North East Kansas and North West Missouri. She is a member of the Black Achievers of Kansas City. She was appointed by Mayor Quintin Lucas to serve on the Kansas City Transit Authority, where she serves as Chair of the Economic Development and Real Estate Committee. She is a Board member of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges. Finally, she happily serves as a Board member of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. She is also the past president of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
She also served as past President of the National Council on Student Development and is a previous member of the American Association of Community Colleges – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Lee has been nationally recognized with awards and appointments for her exceptional leadership capabilities and her work with underrepresented and underprivileged students. Most recently, she received the Phi Theta Kappa New President’s Paragon Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.
Lee holds this work close to her heart, given her background growing up in a single-parent household and being the first in her family to attend college. In 1994, the city of New Orleans recognized Lee's exceptional recruitment contributions at Ohio University's Athens campus. Her dedication to higher education was acknowledged in 2003 when she received the Nsoroma Award from the National Technical Association. Notably, she was granted the Connections to Success Tribute to Success Award in 2019 and the Lift Her Up Award from the Lift Her Up Organization in 2020. Lee is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
The Ohio University School of Education also appointed Lee as the Holmes Scholar, a notable recognition. Adding to her achievements, Lee was recently celebrated by the Kansas City Business Journal in August 2023 as one of the Women Who Do Business. Lee, a Cleveland native, completed her undergraduate and graduate programs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, emphasizing higher education administration. Her dissertation consisted of a phenomenological study of African-American women deans on predominately-white college campuses.