BATON ROUGE, La. — After leading Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) for nearly 10 years, Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Ph.D., has accepted the position of chancellor of St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dorsey began her career at BRCC in 2002 and during her time as chancellor, the college obtained candidacy, accreditation, and reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. BRCC also secured certification to award federal financial aid and completed a $73.3 million construction project.
“Dr. Dorsey has had an incredible influence on BRCC during her tenure there as chancellor. The leadership that she provided has been nothing short of amazing and she has been a wonderful asset to the Baton Rouge community. Under her guidance, the college has become one of the fastest growing in our entire system. She’s done a tremendous job in making that happen and we will certainly miss her. We wish her the best of luck in this new endeavor,” said Dr. Joe D. May, LCTCS president.
Since Dorsey assumed the role of chancellor, BRCC’s enrollment has grown exponentially and has nearly doubled since her arrival, going from 4,800 students in fall 2002 to an enrollment of 8,340 students this past fall. The college has developed 23 academic programs, including degrees in engineering and entertainment technologies. Other new programs include nursing, whose students have maintained a 100% rate on the NCLEX nursing exam for the past three years. In spring 2010 BRCC awarded a record 532 degrees and certificates, and continues to experience a steadily increasing retention rate from fall to fall for continuing students.
As chancellor, Dorsey led the school’s achievement of accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), The Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance (GCPTA); and the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT).
“As I have said, we have always taken our middle name, ‘community’ seriously,” said Dorsey. “Our community includes our students, faculty, staff, business and industry, and our neighborhoods. It has been an honor to serve you. “
Dorsey currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors and will move into the Chair position July 1. She currently serves on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Board of Directors, the Baton Rouge General Hospital Board of Trustees, the Baton Rouge Film Commission, and the Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition.
LCTCS Board members and local Baton Rouge residents Tim Hardy, chairman of the firm at Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P. and Stevie Toups, vice president for business development and administration at Turner Industries both applauded Dorsey for her work at BRCC and in the local community.
“Dr. Myrtle Dorsey has played a primary role in the development of Baton Rouge Community College into a world-class community college. Since she has taken the helm by serving as chancellor, the Baton Rouge area and the entire state have seen the results of her tireless efforts. BRCC continues to make a tremendous impact on the Baton Rouge Community. Dr. Dorsey leaves an indelible imprint on BRCC that is bound to remain even with her departure. Although we will miss her, we wish her the very best at St. Louis Community College and we thank her for all that she has done for BRCC and the Baton Rouge Community,” said LCTCS Board member and longtime Baton Rouge resident Tim Hardy.
“Myrtle is such a fantastic woman. She has blazed new territories in a challenged environment and has done an absolutely amazing job leading BRCC,” said LCTCS Board Member and Baton Rouge native Stephen Toups. “The community owes her a debt of gratitude for her service and what she has done for our city. As much as we hate to see her go, we are certainly excited for her and this next chapter in her life. We wish her Godspeed.”
The LCTCS Board of Supervisors will discuss the search process for the next BRCC chancellor during the upcoming May Board meeting.