4 candidates in the running to lead Louisiana 2-year schools

Four finalists remain in the hunt to lead the state’s community and technical colleges.

A search committee for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System whittled the candidate pool down to four from seven after speaking with applicants during daylong interview sessions Tuesday in New Orleans.

The finalists are:

Deborah Blue, chancellor of the State Center Community College District in California.

Marie Gnage, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, W.V..

James Henderson, chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College.

Monty Sullivan, chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

The finalists are scheduled to interview in front of the full LCTCS board Wednesday.

The board is expected to announce a successor to current LCTCS President Joe May shortly after the interviews.

May is moving to Texas next month to lead the Dallas County Community College District after seven years in Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday praised Joe May for moving the state’s community and technical colleges forward.