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
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 14:41
Written by Staff
Austin — Keith Williams, a 52-year-old Navy veteran and laboratory manager from Point Comfort near Victoria, will be driving cleaner after winning a brand new low-emission hybrid car in a ceremony hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Drive Clean Across Texas air quality campaign and the Dallas Cowboys.
Williams was one of three finalists selected at random from the thousands of entries in the Drive Clean Across Texas hybrid car sweepstakes, which also offered drivers the chance to pledge to do their part for clean air. Prior to Sunday’s (Oct. 6) kickoff at the Cowboys vs. Broncos game at AT&T Stadium, Williams selected the winning key that put him in the driver’s seat of the hybrid car, which was donated by the Dallas Cowboys.
Williams was elated when he clicked the remote car key’s unlock button lighting up the new Ford Fusion Hybrid.
“I’ve been a Cowboys fan all my life,” he said. “Now, thanks to the Cowboys and TxDOT’s clean air campaign, I’ll be saving a bundle on gas.”
Williams, who was joined by his 20-year-old son Dylan and his fantasy football buddies for the Sunday game, says his new Fusion hybrid will be replacing a 10-year-old sedan and significantly improving his gas mileage.
“We’re very happy for Mr. Williams,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “We know he will enjoy many years of clean driving. Hybrid vehicles are more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions, making them a great choice for both saving money and improving air quality.”
SOURCE Texas Department of Transportation
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 14:38
Written by Staff
Beginning as early as Oct.14, construction will begin on East Sandy Lake Road between Kimbel Kourt and Denton Tap Road to repair concrete paving and trench settlement under the failed pavement. Various lanes will be closed while work is being completed.
Please observe all warning signs and seek alternate routes if available. This project is expected to last approximately six months.
At the Sept. 10 City Council Meeting a contract was approved with Pavecon, Ltd, in the amount of $1,610,323.40 for completion of this project.
SOURCE: City of Coppell
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 14:37
Written by Kaye Ward
Cardinal Village Neighborhood Association held its annual National Night Out (NNO) celebration on Oct. 1. During the event, Marvin Randle hosted a fish fry with all the trimmings in his front yard.
The evening was very successful with 125 to 150 neighbors in attendance, a record turnout for this event. This year the association was once again promoting ‘recycling’ and gave away over 70 rolls of blue bags, one per family, to encourage the activity.
Firemen and police were in attendance, and the children enjoyed checking out the fire truck. Neighbors were able to meet and visit with their neighbors.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 14:36
Written by Olonzo Olmedo
Olympic gold medalist and Mixed Martial arts fighter Henry Cejudo has announced he will team up with Make-A-Wish Foundation, the popular charity that grants a wish to children diagnosed with a serious medical condition, donating a portion of his MMA winnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“For every event that I fight in, I will be giving a part of my purse to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.” Cejudo stated in a press conference at the Make-A-Wish Foundation North Texas headquarters in Irving. “There are kids out here that need that extra help that only have one parent or have both parents but can’t make ends meet.
“Make-a Wish helps not only financially but emotionally as well. I am here to spend time with Make a Wish and inspire these kids and let them know you can overcome anything in life if you just have the right attitude and believe in yourself.”
Kevin, an 11-year-old cancer patient, and his family attended a meet-and-greet with Cejudo. Kevin was granted his wish to have super powers like his favorite superheroes. Make-A-Wish provided Kevin the ability to fly and have super human strength with his very own epic super hero movie starring himself. Henry and Kevin both watched the seven minute film while laughing and discussing certain moments.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 14:35