Seven finalists vying to run Louisiana’s two-year schools

The list of finalists to take over the state’s community and technical colleges is now at seven.

A search committee for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, or LCTCS, is scheduled to interview all seven candidates beginning at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Calcasieu Room at the New Orleans Airport Hilton.

An LCTCS news release says the candidates are expected to meet separately with the committee.

The candidates are:

  • Deborah Blue, chancellor of the State Center Community College District in California.
  • Marshall Drummond, former Chief Operating Officer and Provost for Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Marie Gnage, president of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg in West Virginia.
  • James Henderson, chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College.
  • Joan Smith, chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District in California.
  • David Steele, dean of the College of Business for San Jose State University in California.
  • Monty Sullivan, chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

The search committee is expected to narrow the list of candidates to just a few finalists who will be interviewed by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors at a later date.

The candidates are vying to replace current LCTCS President Joe May, who is moving to Texas next month to lead the Dallas County Community College District after seven years in Louisiana.

May’s tenure in Louisiana coincided with significant growth in the number of two-year schools in the state and the number of students enrolled in them.