Chancellor – Dallas County Community College District
Selected as the President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System in January, 2007, Dr. Joe May has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in every community in Louisiana. During his time in this role, Dr. May has revitalized workforce and career and technical education while expanding opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. He has taken a hands-on approach to improving the role of community colleges in growing the state’s workforce and economy. He has put Louisiana in the spotlight nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging societal issues.
His passion for the role that higher education plays in American society and the economy grows out of his personal and professional experience. As the first in his family to attend college, he realized the profound impact that higher education had not only on his life, but on all of society. It is this background that inspired him to help start and become the founding president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. In 2012, in his role as the president of RAMC, he was invited to testify before Congress to share his views on improving operational efficiency while controlling the cost of attending college.
Dr. Joe May now serves as Channcellor of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).