March 20 - 23, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

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Travel & Hotel

Robin Piccirilli
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Presenter Questions:
Lee Anna Elmore
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Exhibition, Partnership:
Chris Hennessey
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Monday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM

Joe May assumed his duties as Dallas County Community College District’s seventh Chancellor in February 2014. Throughout his career, he has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, May brings a strong commitment to improve the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging social issues.

As the first member of his family to attend college, May realized the profound impact that higher education had not only on his life but also on society in general. This background inspired him to help start and then to become the founding President of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges dedicated to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to pursue the American dream.

A hallmark of May’s leadership approach for community colleges is the creation of public-private partnerships. By forming these partnerships, he has helped jump-start new economic investment and job creation through organizations like RAMC and COMBASE. May is also directly involved in building community college and business partnerships that enhance success for both students and businesses. He was influential in bringing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program to Dallas, as well as a significant grant from JPMorgan Chase for Project On-Ramp.

May previously served as President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, System President for the Colorado Community College System, and President of Pueblo Community College. He started his higher education career as an adjunct faculty member at Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District.

A native of East Texas, he earned his doctorate in education from Texas A&M-Commerce, and holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.

2016 Innovations Conference


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