City Manager Joins John Tyler Community College Board
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Released on April 08, 2013
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Sometimes you don’t find a career; it finds you. That’s just what happened to Thomas Mattis. At an early age, he knew he wanted a career in public service, but he wasn’t exactly sure what it should be. That all changed after he found his way from his home state of Ohio to Texas, where he was hired as the city manager of Rosebud. Suddenly, his future came into sharp focus. “It was definitely a challenging experience, but I was bitten by the city management bug, and I have not ever really considered doing anything else,” says Mattis. After Rosebud, Mattis became budget analyst for the City of Dallas; city administrator of Pilot Point, Texas; city manager of Bonham, Texas; municipal administrator of Waterville, Ohio; and city manager of the City of Kyle, Texas. In 2010, he moved to Virginia and became city manager of the City of Colonial Heights. Mattis says he’s enjoyed the path his career has taken because it has given him the opportunity to really get involved. “It’s allowed me to meet and work with a long list of interesting people and to be part of a number of great communities,” says Mattis. “And, it’s always been important to me that my work has a positive impact on people’s day-to-day lives, and I believe my profession has enabled me to do that.”
Now, Mattis is impacting lives in another way, by helping to represent his community of Colonial Heights on the John Tyler Community College Board. Mattis, who was once a community college student, says he understands how crucial education is to a community, and he believes John Tyler Community College is a true asset to Colonial Heights and to the Tri-Cities region as a whole. “I am a firm believer in higher education and recognize that JTCC plays a vital role in providing educational opportunities for our residents who for whatever reason don’t fit the typical mold of a student at a conventional four-year institution,” says Mattis. “JTCC also provides job training opportunities that are essential to creating an effective economic development environment in our region.” Mattis says he looks forward to serving on the College’s Board and believes his experience in city management and his time in other states will allow him to bring unique perspectives to the issues and challenges handed by the Board.
Mattis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have a daughter, Lillian, who is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and a son, Alex, who is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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