Meet the President
Dr. Joe D. May is President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). Over the past five years, the LCTCS has grown in unduplicated enrollment from 71,000 to 111,000. Dr. May has been the driver behind developing and passing landmark legislation that has made available over $200 million in construction funds for technical and community colleges. He also moved adult education from a K-12 program to a community and technical college program, and established a model articulation and transfer initiative that is enabling more students to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
During his career, Dr. May has provided leadership for successful organizations throughout the United States and abroad. His background includes serving in leadership roles in business organizations, as well as public and private colleges and universities. He has provided consulting services to new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. May's experience ranges from having served as a counselor and a faculty member to the System President of the Colorado Community College System.
As the System President for the Colorado Community College System, Dr. May provided leadership to 13 colleges that enrolled 116,000 students throughout the state. Prior to that role, he served as the President of Pueblo Community College.
Before his move to Louisiana, Dr. May was associated with a Dallas-based private equity firm, Best Merchant Partners, where he helped to develop two major for-profit educational initiatives, the American College of Education in Chicago, Illinois, and Bogota Community College in Bogota, Colombia. He also held positions as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships at Regis University in Denver (CO), Dean of Instruction and Student Development at Danville (VA) Community College and at Vernon College (TX.), was Dean of Student Services at Navarro College (TX), and Assistant Professor of Education at Sul Ross State University (TX). Dr. May earned his doctorate in education from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a Master's of Education and Bachelor's of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.
A native of Northeast Texas, Dr. May has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for 38 years.