A Commitment to Students Inspires Dr. Joseph Tylus’ Service to the JTCC Board
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Released on October 10, 2019
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Dr. Joseph Tylus grew up in a household that embraced the power of education. Both of his parents were educators, and through them, Tylus came to understand the importance of teaching as a profession. “They taught me the critical role that education can play in helping change young people’s lives and their future trajectory toward excellence,” he said.
The lessons he learned at home, inspired Tylus to pursue a career in education. Over the years, he has taught history and government; been an assistant principal and a high school principal; and been the director of Chesterfield County Public Schools’ High Schools. Currently, Tylus is the executive director of constituent services for Chesterfield County Public Schools. He is also a member of the John Tyler Community College Board. Tylus says he feels fortunate to be serving on the College Board, because institutions like Tyler make college attainable. He points to the individualized approach the college takes in offering students, no matter their age or background, the supports and flexibility they need to achieve success while balancing the responsibilities in their lives. He also notes the college’s student-first approach. “From the staff, there is also a clear articulation of the importance of student-based relationships and the potential that is awaiting those who attend Tyler,” says Tylus. “This placing students first with decision making can be witnessed when watching the president set the lead not only with the Board meetings but also when interacting in all public college functions.”
Tylus firmly believes in the power of reaching out and helping one another. His membership on Tyler’s College Board is a continuation of his long history of volunteerism and service to the community, which has included coaching, helping his church, assisting with his neighborhood association, being involved in college alumni groups, and more. He credits his wife and two daughters for supporting and encouraging him as his career evolved and as he pursued his interest in helping others.
Tylus holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a masters in administration and supervision, and a bachelors in social studies, as well as a superintendent and teaching license.
John Tyler Community College offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.
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