Leadership and Board

Dr. Joe May

Chancellor,
Dallas County Community College District

Photo of Joe MayDr. May took over as chancellor of the  on February 26, 2014. He replaced Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr., who retired December 31, 2013, after serving the college district for 27 years, the last eight as its CEO.

May joins the seven-college district after serving as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTS) for 7 years (2007-14). He previously served as system president for the Colorado Community College System and president of Pueblo Community College prior to that position.

At LCTCS, May oversaw a system that supports Louisiana’s 13 community and technical colleges. LCTCS’ colleges enroll more than 101,000 students in associate degree, technical diploma and industry-based certificate programs.

Education and Career

His higher education experience includes teaching at the community college and university levels. He also served as an academic administrator in many different capacities and conducted higher education consulting for Best Associates, based in Dallas.

A native of East Texas, May was the first member of his family to attend college. He received his doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also earned both his bachelor’s degree in social rehabilitation services and his master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University.

May started his career in higher education in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member with DCCCD when Cedar Valley College opened. Based on that experience, May built on his belief that community colleges are the solution to the challenges that individuals, employers and communities face.

An accomplished advocate, May also has been involved extensively in crafting community-college/public-private partnerships, which support economic development and job creation. He has provided consulting services for new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Professional Services and Awards

May is president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges and Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC). RAMC is a national consortium of community colleges that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

He also is a member of various national higher education and work force groups, including:

  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board
  • Single Stop USA’s advisory board
  • COMBASE (He also is its current vice president.)
  • The ACT Workforce Council
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Metrics Initiative

He has written and presented a number of articles to audiences and groups across the U.S. as well.

May’s awards and honors include:

  • CEO of the Year for the Southern Region by the Association of Community College Trustees
  • Distinguished alumni awards from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
  • Multiple honors and awards from business, community and service organizations