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Jan 4, 2013 1:36 PM

Hanson Chosen as Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors announced the selection of Dr. Barbara M. Hanson as Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC). The announcement was made this morning during a Special Meeting of the Board.

"My colleagues and I were very impressed with all of the finalists. However, it was Dr. Hanson's unique and diverse background combined with her 25 plus years of leadership in higher education that led us to believe she is the right person at the right time for LDCC. Having worked her entire professional career in community colleges in nearly every capacity will be critical to the future success of LDCC as it continues to work through the recent merger," said Michael Murphy, LCTCS Board Chair.

During the 2012 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 645 combined campuses of the former Northeast Louisiana Technical College making it part of Louisiana Delta Community College. This new structure is enabling campuses to offer more services, better opportunity, and flexibility to the citizens of the Northeast Louisiana Region including Ruston, Farmerville, Bastrop, West Monroe, Monroe, Tallulah, Lake Providence, and Winnsboro. Given the unique needs of this region, specific emphasis are on expanding technical education programs, developing new programs that align with workforce needs, and partnering with the University of Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana Tech University, and Grambling University.

"During her career, Dr. Hanson has demonstrated that she has the resolve and commitment it will take to lead LDCC through this transition. Her successful experience of building strong relations with business and industry and having served as a faculty member and administrator will serve the college and community well," said LCTCS President Dr. Joe May. "Dr. Hanson has the right combination of expertise, passion, and enthusiasm to lead LDCC and I look forward to working with her. I believe the board selected the absolute best person for the position and we welcome her to the LCTCS family."

Hanson is currently the Vice President for Learning at San Jacinto College-Central Campus in Pasadena, Texas, and will assume responsibilities as LDCC Chancellor on Monday, January 28.

"It is an honor and a privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Louisiana Delta Community College. I have thought about several opportunities over the course of my career. However, I cannot remember a time that I felt more at home than when I visited this college and met with the faculty, staff, and students as well as a number of community members," said Hanson. "I am looking forward to becoming part of this college, this community, and working with the exemplary group of professionals in Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges."

Hanson is an experienced educational leader having served community colleges for over 25 years. Over the course of her career she has served as a chief academic officer; an executive director for strategic program development; a dean of instruction; a division chair for modern languages; and a full-time faculty member teaching English as a second language and German. She has significant experience in building strategic and collaborative alliances with business, community, and state leaders in order to increase educational opportunities for students; of particular note are the partnerships developed in support of nursing and allied health; law enforcement; emergency medical services; and fire science. Dr. Hanson is active in her local Rotary, in chamber activities, as well as other community events

Dr. Hanson earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a specialization in Language and Culture, from Northern Arizona University; a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona; a Master of Arts in German and German Literature from the University of Arizona; and a Bachelor of Arts in German and Music from the University of Arizona. Dr. Hanson was a scholarship guest student at the Universitaet Mannheim, Mannheim West Germany; has an extensive background in the liberal arts and music performance; holds a third degree black belt in the martial arts; and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East.

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