Written by Staff
Dallas - Members of the Dallas County Community College District's (DCCCD) board of trustees nominated Dr. Joe May as the sole finalist for the position of DCCCD's seventh chancellor, following a second round of interviews held in Dallas on Oct. 7. The nomination must be approved by a formal vote of the trustees, following a 21-day waiting period.
May, with the approval of his nomination, will fill the position when Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. retires on Dec. 31 after 27 years with the district – serving two decades as president of El Centro College and seven years as the district’s chancellor. May currently serves as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). He previously served as system president for the Colorado Community College System and president of Pueblo Community College prior to that position.
LCTCS provides strategic management and support for Louisiana’s 13 community and technical colleges, enrolling more than 101,000 students in associate’s degree, technical diploma and industry-based certificate programs. Those programs are aligned with business, industry and local economies across Louisiana; that network enables students to find good jobs and build careers. May began his administration at LCTCS in 2007.
Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period before a formal vote to approve the nomination can be made. Board members will take a public vote on May’s appointment during their regularly- scheduled monthly meeting on Nov. 5.
"Members of the DCCCD Board of Trustees, who as a group comprised the executive search committee led by Trustee Bob Ferguson, have worked diligently on this national search process since late spring, with the guidance of our search firm,Greenwood/Asher and Associates Inc., Academic Search,” said Jerry Prater, chairman of the DCCCD board of trustees. “We are confident that our nominee, Dr. May, has the experience and the vision that our district needs during these challenging times.
“We want the district to continue to grow and expand its leadership role among community colleges in this country – a precedent set by our current chancellor, Dr. Wright Lassiter. We are grateful to Dr. Lassiter for his leadership, his service and his lifelong commitment to students and higher education.”
“I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, staff, administrators and students at each of the DCCCD colleges,” May said. “I am enthusiastic about partnering with some of the best business and civic leaders in the nation as we continue to build on DCCCD’s excellent reputation in academic and workforce areas. Returning to Texas and embracing the challenges that community colleges face across the state is exciting. Jobs, careers and college completion are critical to our success.”
May started his career in higher education in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member with DCCCD when Cedar Valley College opened. Based on that experience, May built on his belief that community colleges are the solution to the challenges that individuals, employers and communities face.
DCCCD’s new chancellor, who is a native of East Texas, was the first member of his family to attend college. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in social rehabilitation services and his master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas), and his doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
SOURCE Dallas County Community College District