TCC Southeast Campus Announces Two New Vice Presidents

Zena Jackson, Ph.D. and Lyvier Leffler, Ph.D. are two new administrators at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus.


Jackson, as vice president of academic affairs, is responsible for fostering and sustaining an academic culture that promotes collaboration, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. She will also participate in teaching and learning policy and program review. Leffler, as vice president of student development services, provides administrative leadership and creates and coordinates a system of programs and services designed to support student success and retention. She also works closely with the campus president to ensure effective campus services.


Jackson was previously executive dean of liberal arts at DCCCD’s North Lake College. During her 28-year career at DCCCD, Jackson also served as director of the career center and the adult center, and as technical dean and instructional dean of business at North Lake. She also was interim vice president of instruction at Eastfield College.


Jackson earned her doctorate in higher education and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. She earned her master’s degree in urban affairs from The University of Texas at Arlington.


Committed to community involvement, Jackson volunteered for more than 10 years with the Citizen’s Development Center (CDC) in Dallas, where she served on the board and held positions as president and vice president. The organization assists adults with disabilities in leading productive lives.


Leffler previously served as dean of academic services at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. During her tenure, she also served as associate dean of academic and student services, department chair of Housing and Counseling Services and as director of counseling services.


Prior to her work in higher education, Leffler worked for many years in the health care sector. She is a licensed mental health counselor and an internationally-certified alcohol and drug counselor.


Leffler earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University. She received her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.


She is a member of the American College Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association and the Association on Higher Education and Disability.