Baton Rouge, La. -- Today, Joan Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College announced that she has accepted the position of Vice President of Administration & Policy at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board Office in Baton Rouge.
"This is a bitter sweet moment," said Davis, who has served as chancellor of Delgado since 2014. "Together, we have accomplished so much during my time at Delgado as evidenced by our new facilities, improving student outcomes, and stronger business partnerships throughout the region." Under Davis' leadership, the college has had many achievements. Among them are:
- Secured approximately $15 million in funding from the US Navy, Department of Labor, the GE Foundation, the Conrad F. Hilton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Coca-Cola to support students and build new state-of-the-art facilities.
- Opened five new educational and workforce development facilities: the H. Giles Martin Learning Annex, the Marvin E. Thames, Sr. Learning Resources Center/Moss Memorial Library, the Maritime Fire & Industrial Training Center, the Sidney Collier Site, the region's first Fab Lab, and the River City Site and Advanced Manufacturing Center.
- Earned SACSCOC Reaffirmation through 2026.
- The Maritime and Industrial Training Center was named among the 100 Best in the Industry Internationally.
- The Culinary Arts Program ranked 15th in the United States.
- The college was named the Best Two-Year College in the Region by New Orleans City Business Leaders.
- The college was ranked Top 10 Fastest Growing Community Colleges.
Prior to being appointed chancellor at Delgado, Davis worked in the Alabama Community and Technical College System as General Counsel. Among Davis' new responsibilities, she will focus on reviewing numerous long-standing LCTCS Board policies created during the system's infancy to ensure they align with current higher education trends and market demands. She will also develop policies and strategies to positively impact the 1.4 million Louisiana working age adults (25-64) with only a high school diploma or less as their educational attainment.
Davis added, "While I love working on a college campus and helping students first-hand, I also have a strong passion for policy review and development and researching ways, through policy, that will benefit more students. Specifically, at-risk youth, women, and adults who face socioeconomic barriers that prevent them from attending and completing college. I'm excited by the opportunity to go back to a system office and influence higher education and financial aid policy."
"Chancellor Davis has represented Delgado with class and enhanced its reputation throughout the New Orleans region," said LCTCS Board Chairman Stephen Toups. "Our primary focus remains meeting the area's workforce needs. To meet those needs and close the skills gap, we must be more thoughtful in our policy development and serving more adults in programs that lead to college credentials and jobs. I believe Joan brings the experience and skill set to our System Office that will help us reach these goals."
"Chancellor Davis has been a solid leader for Delgado laying a foundation that will benefit the college and people of the region for years to come," said Sullivan.
Sullivan will begin working with the LCTCS Board of Supervisors and college community on a leadership transition plan.