Technical College of the Lowcountry Announces Three Finalists in its Presidential Search

July 17, 2008

BEAUFORT, SC — July 14, 2008 – The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s (TCL) Area Commission has announced the three finalists in the running to replace retiring president Dr. Anne S. McNutt. The candidates are Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, Dr. Jabari O. Simama, and Dr. Michael A. Elam. The three finalists will visit the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s main campus beginning July 16 to meet with college officials, faculty, staff and the Area Commission. A final selection will be made by the end of this month, and TCL will share the announcement of the new president with the media as soon as that selection has been made.

Dr. Thomas Lietzel serves as Vice President at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C. In this role, he is responsible for providing senior-level administrative support to the Charlotte Campus for service to students and staff in the Schools of Graduate and Adult Studies. His primary duties involve supervising enrollment management efforts for 300 adult undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students; a revenue budget of $11 million; operational and capital budgets of $3.7 million; student services, campus expansion, a marketing budget of $500,000 and fund raising efforts. Dr. Lietzel earned a doctorate (with an emphasis in Community and Junior College Administration) from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He also attained a Master of Science Degree in Education Administration and a Bachelors degree in Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Jabari Simama serves as the Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President of Community Development/External Relations at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. In this role he supports the President in critical aspects of the presidency, particularly fund-raising, external/internal and political relations, budget and strategic planning, and communications. He is also responsible for the college’s community, economic and workforce development initiatives. Dr. Simama attained his doctorate and master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Dr. Michael Elam serves as Vice President for Student Development at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. In this role, he serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for the college and is responsible for 10 percent of the college’s overall budget. He provides leadership to faculty and staff for college enrollment management and in the college’s strategic planning process. Dr. Elam earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Fla. He attained both a Master of Education degree (Student Personnel and Administration) and a Bachelor of Science degree (Zoology) from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The South Carolina Technical College System is an integral part of the state’s higher education system and makes college affordable and accessible to all people through its 16 colleges across the state. The South Carolina technical colleges are key partners in South Carolina’s economic development efforts and provide a continuum of education and training for businesses and individuals. P

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