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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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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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