Community colleges play key role in La.'s growth

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Higher education officials see the state’s community college system as a key player in the economic future of the state with billions of dollars in expected new growth as industries locate here and existing plants expand.

So the selection of a new system president prepared to take over without missing a beat is crucial, says Tim Hardy, chairman of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors’ presidential search committee.

The system is losing an outgoing, sometimes controversial leader, but if the Board of Supervisors gets its way, Joe May’s replacement will fall right in step.

May, a Texas native, surprised board members in October when he announced that he was leaving to lead a regional community college system based in Dallas. His planned departure on Feb. 26 comes shortly after the seven-year mark of his first day on the job, Jan. 15, 2007.

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