BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors announced the selection of Dr. Rodney Ellis as Chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). 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, Dr. Ellis's temperament combined with his unique and diverse experiences stood out. His knowledge of SACS Accreditation, information technology, institutional advancement, institutional research, among other characteristics will be critical as CLTCC evolves into a comprehensive community college," said Michael Murphy, LCTCS Board Chair.
During the 2012 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 247 created CLTCC, which serves nine parishes in Central Louisiana. The legislation called for an expanded mission to better serve the region. Becoming a comprehensive community college will require the college to seek accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges, provide an array of services to better serve both students and employers, and expand workforce training opportunities for the citizens of Central Louisiana. Such immense tasks will demand community collaboration, faculty and staff buy-in, and laser-like focus and attention to detail from the new leadership.
"During his career, Dr. Ellis has proved that he has the resolve and commitment it will take to lead CLTCC through this transition. Today marks the beginning of what we believe are exciting times for Central Louisiana," said Dr. Joe May, LCTCS President. "Dr. Ellis has the right combination of skill, integrity, and energy to lead CLTCC and I look forward to working with him," said May. He added, "I believe the board selected the absolute best person for the position and we welcome him to the LCTCS family."
Ellis currently serves as Executive Vice President at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia, and will assume responsibilities as CLTCC Chancellor on Wednesday, February 13.
"I am truly delighted about the opportunity to lead Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The recent transition of this institution to a comprehensive community college provides a great opportunity for it to positively affect the local community. I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and business and community leaders to continue the college's transformation as well as contribute to the Central Louisiana Region's economic development," said Dr. Ellis.
Ellis has worked at Atlanta Technical College for the past twelve years where he has also served as vice president of IT, planning and development and director of institutional development. Prior to his service at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Ellis served as Institutional Effectiveness Specialist at the Technical College System of Georgia and senior research specialist at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.
Dr. Ellis earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration, with a specialization in Community and Technical College Leadership, from the University of Georgia; a Master of Science in Judicial Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Ellis has over eighteen years of experience in postsecondary education. Dr. Ellis is also heavily involved in the community. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Tech Civitan Club, the Atlanta Airport Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Business League. He is also a member of the Media and Film Community Jobs Task Force, the Atlanta Emerald Cities Green Jobs Task Force and the Atlanta BeltLine Employment Working Group.