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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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