Jeff Tyson is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer with a degree in business administration from Southeastern Community College, where he was president of the local chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the national honor society. In 1987, he won the Phi Beta Lambda state collegiate competition in computer technology and went on to take eighth place nationally. Jeff served as director of Education Future Now at the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), and as a system administrator for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he worked on a national initiative to develop "paperless recruiting."