Tarrant County Southeast names new president

May 2, 2024
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After a national search, Andy Bowne, EdD, has been named president for Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, effective July 1.

A champion of higher education with more than 20 years in leadership, he most recently served as president of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

Amplified student achievement, increased enrollment and strengthened business and community partnerships marked his tenure.

“Dr. Bowne’s administrative and academic experience and his passion for entrepreneurial innovation make him the ideal candidate to help TCC Southeast support students, create new learning opportunities and serve our community,” said Chancellor Elva LeBlanc. “His expertise and energy will prove instrumental in raising our profile as one of America’s best comprehensive two-year institutions.”

TCC Southeast has been a vibrant contributor in Arlington and Mansfield for nearly 30 years. Thanks to a 2019 bond program, campus upgrades are underway. A new academic facility showcasing culinary arts, dietetics and hospitality management debuted this year, as did a student experience building.

“TCC is a proven leader in higher education, and I believe strongly in its mission to ensure that all students have an opportunity to reach their potential,” Bowne said. “I appreciate the confidence of Dr. LeBlanc and the Board of Trustees and look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff and other campuses in ways to impact the North Texas workforce and economy.”

Before JCCC, Bowne was regional chancellor and then senior vice president and chief operating officer for Ivy Tech Community College (45 locations in Indiana). At Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) he served first as executive director of workforce training and economic development and then as associate vice president for college advancement, leading a team that secured more than $30 million in private

support and another $30 million in regional, state and federal grants.

He has more than a dozen years of adjunct undergraduate and graduate teaching experience and currently serves on the Ferris State University Advisory Board for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program.

Bowne earned his doctorate and master’s in educational leadership and his bachelor’s in urban and regional planning from Western Michigan University. He was selected to the Aspen Institute’s Rising Presidents Fellowship for Community College Excellence in 2018 and the Aspen New President’s Fellowship in 2023.

Tarrant County College is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions and boasts the second lowest tuition of Texas’ Top 10 community colleges. A comprehensive two-year college with six campuses in Tarrant County and online classes, TCC offers a range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees; workforce and economic development programs; technical and skilled trades programs; and customized training for area businesses and corporations.

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