TCC President Tom McKeon announces retirement

Dr. Thomas K. McKeon, only the third president in the history of Tulsa Community College, announced earlier this month that he will retire effective July 1, 2014.

McKeon was named President in July 2004 and will have served as President 10 years upon his retirement. He is a 33-year employee of TCC, beginning his career in higher education at then Tulsa Junior College. McKeon has served at TCC as an instructor, dean of instruction, provost, and executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was named to the presidential post upon the retirement of Dr. Dean P. VanTrease.

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.

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