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South Louisiana Community College search for a new Chancellor

Dr. Vincent June Named Interim Chancellor 

May 27, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La - Today, Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, appointed Dr. Vincent June as Interim Chancellor of South Louisiana Community College (SLCC). June's appointment is effective Saturday, May 30, 2020. Dr. June was appointed interim chancellor as a result of Dr. Natalie Harder accepting the Presidency at Coker University in South Carolina. Harder served as chancellor of SLCC for eight years.

"I am pleased that Dr. June has agreed to lead SLCC on an interim basis," said Sullivan. "Dr. June has 25 years of successful higher education experience. He is very knowledgeable of the greater Acadiana region. With the support of our Board Chairman we believe he is a good fit during this transition period."

At the appropriate time, the LCTCS Board of Supervisors will decide on the next steps to select a permanent leader for SLCC. Dr. June joined SLCC  in 2016 and currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. His higher education career spans 25 years, including 17 years as the chief student affairs-enrollment officer at three major institutions: Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida A&M University, and Georgia Perimeter College (now Georgia State University-Perimeter College). He was a 2014-2015 ACE Fellow with the American Council on Education, where he spent the fellowship year at Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. June earned his BS in business and economics from Florida A&M University and received an MBA and Ph.D. in educational leadership and student affairs from Washington State University.

 

Dear SLCC Family, 

I want to commend you again for your resiliency and adaptability in reframing operations and instruction/training in just a few short days as the COVID-19 pandemic overturned business as usual for us and our students. The way you handled this emergency demonstrates that SLCC can handle anything while continuing to serve one another and our students.

It is a bittersweet feeling to tell you that I have accepted an opportunity to become president of Coker University in South Carolina and my last day with SLCC will be May 29th. It is hard to leave such an outstanding institution as the one you have created at SLCC, but it is rewarding to know that such excellence is possible in higher education – regardless of mergers, politics, budget cuts, natural disasters, and pandemics.

I have no doubt that Everyday Excellence will continue at SLCC and you will continue to show the world what outstanding service to each other and students can mean in a community and a region. Indeed, your work is the standard for my work and I would not be the person I am today without the influence of each and every one of you.

I look forward to reading about all of the amazing ways you will continue to lead Acadiana and Louisiana in higher education.

Thank you for the honor of having been your Chancellor for the last eight years.

With my deepest sincerity and admiration,

Dr. Natalie Harder
Chancellor

Since 2012, Dr. Harder has served as the Chancellor of SLCC, where she is responsible for all academic and operational aspects of the institution. In this role, she built a student-centered culture focused on support, engagement, and retention, expanded the college’s network of community partnerships, and increased enrollment from 6,100 students to over 18,000. Through her leadership, SLCC reached unprecedented success in student outcomes, increasing the graduation rate five-fold between 2012-2017, and doubling the number of degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Dr. Harder also fueled increased fundraising at SLCC, securing a $12.6M grant, the largest ever awarded to SLCC, and the development of an institutional advancement and alumni office, which resulted in an increase of more than 15 times the number of scholarships awarded to students and the addition of 20 new endowed scholarships.

In addition to leading the growth of SLCC, Dr. Harder has held several state and system-wide responsibilities in Louisiana's community college system, which has 12 institutions serving more than 150,000 students. Most recently, she was Chairman of a statewide student success task force focused on removing barriers to enrollment, redesigning developmental education, and coordinating student services.

Dr. Harder’s contributions have garnered national recognition for SLCC including awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and a nomination for the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Dr. Harder has served in numerous leadership positions in support of higher education and economic development, including serving on the executive committee for the Southern Association Commission on Schools and Colleges (SACSCOC), on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, where she chaired its Public Policy and Government Relations Committee, and as a director on the Louisiana Higher Education Commissioner Task Force for the National Governors Association to increase adult student completion rates. In 2019, she was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Human Capital Advisory Council and elected Chairman of the Board for One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization where she also serves as co-chair for their Workforce and Education Committee.

Prior to her appointment as Chancellor of SLCC, Dr. Harder served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia, and Executive Director of the Erie Community College Foundation in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Harder has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, SLCC, Old Dominion University, Patrick Henry Community College, and Ashford University.

Dr. Harder holds a B.A. in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Harder and her husband, Cian Robinson, have two adult sons. 

May 7, 2020

Dear South Louisiana Community College Faculty and Staff,

I hope you and your families are doing well as we all adjust personally and professionally during these uncertain times. As you know, Dr. Harder has accepted a new career opportunity at Coker University in South Carolina. First and foremost, on behalf of myself and the Board of Supervisors, I want to congratulate Dr. Harder on her new position as well as thank her for her service to the people of Acadiana and Louisiana. For the past eight years, she has vigorously led South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) to become the everyday excellence college. Through her leadership and your hard work as a faculty and staff, SLCC has been recognized as one of the best post-secondary institutions in Louisiana. As examples, you increased the college's IPEDS graduation rate by 400% from 2012- 2017, grew enrollment from 6,100 students to over 18,000, were recognized multiple times as one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation, nominated for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and increased business partnerships which helped improve the college's standing in the Acadiana community.

Dr. Harder's last day will be May 29. The timing of her departure will require an interim chancellor appointment while we conduct a national search. In consultation with the Board of Supervisors, an interim chancellor will be announced in the coming weeks. At the appropriate time, the Board will commence a national search to find the next chancellor of SLCC. In the meantime, I ask that you remain focused on the mission and continue providing first-rate service to our students and the communities we serve.

I look forward to engaging with you in the months ahead to identify the best fit for Chancellor of SLCC.  Thanks for all that you do for our students!

Dr. Monty Sullivan
President
Louisiana Community and Techical College System
 

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