Save the Date!
"Lead Like a Woman"
A Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm.
Shasta Buchanan, EdD
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Austin Community College
Dr. Shasta Buchanan currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for Austin Community College. In this role she works collaboratively across the college to ensure student success in and beyond the classroom. Her work includes ensuring all students have access to a great education, are engaged and have a student experience that enables them to persist and timely complete a degree or certificate to unlock their future goals. Previously Dr. Buchanan served as Associate Vice President of College and High School Relations at ACC where she increased dual credit enrollment and expanded partnerships with local school districts and businesses. She has over 20 years of higher education experience as a student affairs and enrollment management administrator, spanning across many institutions in Texas, which include Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas at Dallas, and Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon). Additionally, Dr. Buchanan is known for her work in enrollment management and has been recognized by Ruffalo Noel Levitz for student success and degree completion in her development of the Century Scholar Program at Texas A&M University (which also was recognized by the Department of Education / Office of Civil Rights). All of her commitments, which includes service on boards through the region, are centered at the core of advancing any person to reach their highest potential – whether a student enrolls in college directly from high school, an adult returning to education to upskill, a first-generation student, or a student who just needs a second chance – her commitment is unwavering to continue to transform education to be study-ready.
Mary Ellen Jukoski, EdD
Connecticut State Community College Three Rivers
Mary Ellen Jukoski’s appointment by the Board of Regents as President of Three Rivers Community College in May 2014, after a national search, is the latest step in her distinguished career as a teacher, college administrator, and leader in higher education. Since the community colleges in Connecticut were merged on July 1, 2023 to Connecticut State Community College, she remains President of the Three Rivers Campus.
Dr. Jukoski had previously served as President of Mitchell College in New London, CT for twenty-two years. She has held several administrative positions at Sacred Heart University, Loretto Heights College, the University of Memphis and Empire State College. Prestigious awards include a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, the William Crawford Award, the distinguished alumni award from SUNY Albany, and the Greater New London NAACP Education Award.
In addition to serving as President of the Three Rivers Campus, she is actively involved in serving the community. She serves as Board of Chair of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, Chelsea Groton Bank Board and the Williams School Board.
Dr. Jukoski earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and education from the College of St. Rose, master’s degree in curriculum planning and development from the State University of New York at Albany, and her doctoral degree in higher education curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis.
She resides in East Lyme, Connecticut with her husband, W. Matthew McLoughlin. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University.
Tyjaun A. Lee, PhD
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.