Texas College names Duncan new Academic Affairs vice president

by Jake Martin Texas College Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Dr. Jan E. Duncan

Courtesy photo Dr. Jan E. Duncan Courtesy photo

TYLER – Texas College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jan E. Duncan to the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Duncan comes to the college with broad experiences and expertise that covers all levels of secondary and postsecondary education. Most recently, she served as an instructional designer for the use of Blackboard for grade levels K-12. She was responsible for leading and executing the design, development and evaluation of complex training curricula, materials and programs to meet strategic organizational initiatives in the virtual space.

At the postsecondary level, Duncan has served as an administrator and associate professor in the area of educational program preparation. She has guided students through the licensure process for teacher certification as well as helped to accredit educational programs as teacher training centers that would lead toward licensure. Additionally, she has served in the department of technology as a professor having taught undergraduate courses in advanced educational technology.

Her total educational experiences has involved student engagement that would help students find meaningful pathway careers following their educational experience. To this end, she has established herself as an educator and administrator committed to students’ success.

Duncan also has extensive experience in grantsmanship. To her credit, she has received funding for several grants which have ranged from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Such grants have included the NASA Professional Grant for Math and Science (awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration); the HIV Prevention and Education Services Grant (awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services); Student Support Services Grant (awarded by the U.S. Department of Education); Mentoring Children Initiative (awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); and a Suicide Prevention Grant (awarded by the National Institute of Health).

Duncan is a four-time graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, earning a baccalaureate degree, two master’s degrees, and the doctor of philosophy degree; she has also completed extensive post-graduate work.

Texas College looks forward to her experiences and expertise in helping to expand programs and majors as well as work towards sustaining institutional and program accreditation.


Texas College is a Historically Black College founded in 1894, by a group of CME ministers. Our mission continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The College shall prepare students with competencies in critical and creative thinking related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in areas of study. Additionally, the College shall provide an environment to inspire intellectual, spiritual, ethical, moral, and social development, which empowers graduates to engage in life- long learning, leadership, and service.

Led by President Dwight J. Fennell, PhD, Texas College serves as the oldest institution of higher education in the city of Tyler, celebrating over 127 years of providing educational opportunities to all. As an ethnically diverse liberal arts institution, students gain the theoretical and foundational preparations designed to propel them into a major that will equip them for graduate and/or professional schools, as well as the world of work.