Dr. Willie Smith named chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College

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Dr. Willie E. Smith was selected as the chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors executive committee special meeting on Wednesday, May 6.

LCTCS President Monty Sullivan made the recommendation after a comprehensive national search that included finalist virtual interviews and videos with accompanying public feedback forms, that allowed students, faculty, staff, and the community the opportunity to engage in the process.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I want to congratulate Dr. Smith on his selection as the new chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College,” said Tim Hardy, LCTCS board supervisor and chair of the search committee. “We were impressed with the overall pool of candidates and each finalist and we appreciate everyone’s willingness to adjust to the revised process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Smith has worked in the Louisiana Community & Technical College System and its colleges for 19 years.

Dr. Smith held the roles of:  Vice President for Training and Business Partnerships for LCTCS ; Director of Manufacturing and Extension Partnerships of Louisiana (MEPOL); Acting Vice Chancellor of Workforce Solutions for BRCC; Chief Executive Officer for South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC); Vice President of Academics and Workforce Solutions at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC).

“Dr. Smith has led BRCC on an interim basis for the past 10 months and provided the college with great leadership and a vision for the college’s future. In managing the pandemic’s impact, Dr. Smith has kept students at the forefront. He also has appropriately challenged the faculty and staff to adapt and implement a plan that allowed the college to transition to new business and instructional delivery models. We believe Dr. Smith is the perfect fit for BRCC. He will continue leading efforts to deliver academic and workforce training in the Capitol region.”

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, where he attended on a full athletic scholarship. He earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Troy University in 2001 and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in 2014.

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