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Joe May
Doctor, President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Dr. Joe May is president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

Previously, Dr. May served as Senior Vice President of Best Associates, a Dallas based company specializing in educational solutions internationally. Dr. May has a career in higher education that has spanned over 25 years. Prior to his position with Best Associates, Dr. May served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships with Regis University. He has also served as the President of the Colorado Community College System, and as President of Pueblo Community College.

Dr. May has also served as the Dean of Instruction and Student Development for Danville Community College, the Executive Dean of Instruction for Vernon College, and the Dean of Student Services for Navarro College. He has also served as a faculty member for Sul Ross State University and Cedar Valley College.

He received a master of education degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his doctorate of education in Student Personnel and Guidance Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System provides education and critical job training to address Louisiana’s workforce and business community needs. The LCTCS, which was established in 1999, is one of the newest community college systems in the country and currently oversees ten colleges, which include seven community colleges, two technical community colleges, and one technical college with more than 40 campuses.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

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Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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