Dr. Utpal Goswami, president, MCC-Longview
Before joining Metropolitan Community College in July 2013 as president of MCC-Maple Woods, Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D., logged more than 30 years of higher education experience as both a member of the faculty and administration at colleges in Texas, California, Arizona and Missouri.
He moved from the MCC-Maple Woods campus in Kansas City's Northland to the MCC-Longview campus in Lee’s Summit in July 2018.
Goswami's experience includes serving as vice president of instruction at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. He also served as interim president and superintendent of the college in 2011-12, during which he led the district in responding to accreditation challenges, development of a new mission/vision statement, development of the 2012-17 strategic plan and the 2012-17 education master plan and implementation of major capital projects.
Prior to his leadership at College of the Redwoods, Goswami served as vice president and provost at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. Before that, he spent several years as dean of business administration and instructional operations at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. Goswami has been involved in many aspects of community college leadership, including program development, fostering shared governance, integrating technology into both the teaching and the learning environment, engaging community leaders and philanthropists and meeting high accreditation standards.
He holds a master's degree in development economics from Boston University and both a master's degree and a doctoral degree in economics from Southern Methodist University. His board service includes the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and Decade of Difference.
Dr. Tyjaun A. Lee, president, MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods
Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., became president of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus in midtown Kansas City in August 2017. She assumed the presidency of a second campus, MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City's Northland, in July 2018.
Lee, who has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education, was most recently vice president for student affairs at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. 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.
Before working at Prince George's Community College, Lee served as associate vice president for enrollment management and student services at Tidewater Community College in Virginia and as director of counseling at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, where earlier she was national director of the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA). Throughout her career, she has taught at least one course a quarter and has been involved in curriculum development for master's and doctoral level programs.
Lee holds three degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio: a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies; a master’s degree in education; and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration.
Dr. Thomas E. Meyer, president, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology
Thomas W. Meyer, Ph.D., became president of Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River and Business & Technology campuses in June 2019. Meyer came to Kansas City from Lehigh Carbon Community College in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where he was vice president for academic services and student development.
Meyer’s academic career has included the positions of faculty member, department chair, associate dean, dean and vice president. He served as vice president for academic services and student development at Lehigh Carbon since 2015. Key accomplishments there included leading faculty through a reorganization to create seven schools and a transition to a 14-week calendar allowing for a winter session to help boost online enrollment. He also recruited and increased Latino enrollment, launched a successful initiative to focus employee efforts on completion and retention, and doubled grants received by the college.
Meyer previously served as center dean, academic and student affairs, at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where among other accomplishments he founded and raised funds for the Block Party for Higher Education and created the Food, Arts and Business (FAB) Center concept. At Miami Dade College he served as dean and associate dean of academic affairs and was chair of the Department of English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages and Translation/Interpretation. A major success for him at Miami Dade was co-creating and implementing the Miami Culinary Institute. He previously worked as a full-time faculty lecturer at the University of Miami and at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Meyer holds a B.A. in English literature; an M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and a Ph.D. in educational linguistics, all from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His doctoral thesis topic was language and power in disagreements.
Dr. Bill Dial, chief human resources officer
Bill Dial, Ph.D., joined Metropolitan Community College as chief human resources officer in March 2018. He came to MCC from Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, where he served as executive director of human resources and organizational development. In that role, he was responsible for HR functions as well as serving as the Title IX administrator, ADA coordinator and EEO compliance administrator. He was in that position since January 2016.
Dial previously served as Richland College's director of human resources, 2006-2011. From 2011 to 2015, he was executive director of human resources at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. He previously served as institutional personnel analyst at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Dial also served as area chair and lead faculty at the University of Phoenix's Dallas/Colorado Campus. He has served in a mentorship/leadership/evaluation role for faculty members in the graduate Business Program and the undergraduate Business Ethics and Law Division.
He was a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Dallas chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources; was president of the Lone Star chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources; and is past chair of the Capella University Community College Advisory Board.
Dial holds a bachelor of science in education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; a master of science in human resources management from Lindenwood University in St. Louis; and a Ph.D. in organizational management from Capella University in Minneapolis.
Sandra Garcia, chief legal officer
Sandra Garcia became Metropolitan Community College's chief legal officer in November 2017. She joined MCC from Houston Community College, where she served as an executive in the role of assistant general counsel.
At MCC, Garcia oversees the legal office. She provides support and services to the Executive Cabinet and administrators on various legal matters. As a member of the Executive Cabinet, she reports to Chancellor Kimberly Beatty.
Garcia's area of responsibilities as an assistant general counsel at Houston Community College included labor and employment, equal employment opportunity (EEO), contracts, open records, policy, regulations, compliance and student matters. She says she was privileged to be a part of Imagine HCC 2019, a comprehensive strategic plan that focused on student success, organizational stewardship, performance excellence and innovation. As a project manager for numerous strategic initiatives districtwide, she was charged with overseeing the work of project teams.
Garcia holds a bachelor of arts in history from Baylor University, where she focused on women’s studies. She continued her history studies in the master of arts program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her interest in law peaked soon after, and she earned a juris doctorate from Texas Southern University.