LDCC Welcomes Dr. Rule as Incoming Chancellor
Dr. Rule is busily closing out his presidency at West Georgia Tech but will be in the Twin Cities right after the New Year. We look forward to his vision and leadership as LDCC starts its next chapter. In the meantime, learn more about Dr. Rule through his bio and personal thoughts outlined below.
Dr. Scott Rule currently serves as President of West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton, Georgia, until December 31, 2020.
Serving over 7,000 students per term across seven counties with five full-service campuses, two instructional sites and additional facilities. Dr. Rule is currently leading a $64 million capital construction project that is relocating one of the college’s largest campuses – completely replacing an aging facility and providing much needed additional space with purpose-designed classrooms and labs for its programs.
Dr. Rule began his career as a computer programmer at Kennesaw State University, where he also taught evening continuing education classes for the university along with associate degree level classes in Computer Information Systems for the nearby North Metro Technical College. Dr. Rule then worked for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia before returning to North Metro Technical College as a full-time faculty member, database administrator, and Chief Information Officer. After a decade at North Metro Tech, Dr. Rule served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Appalachian Technical College before returning to North Metro, again, as Vice President for Economic Development. In 2009, North Metro Tech and Appalachian Tech merged with Chattahoochee Technical College. During that merger, Dr. Rule was instrumental in his role as Vice President for Research, Planning, and Knowledge Systems with restructuring the college and overseeing satisfying the requirements necessary for the merged college to establish itself as an accredited institution with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Dr. Rule subsequently served six years as Vice President for Student Affairs at Chattahoochee before being tapped by the Technical College System of Georgia as its Assistant Commissioner for Data, Planning, and Research.
Dr. Rule earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University, his MBA in Management from Kennesaw State University, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from Georgia State University.
While looking forward to his move to Monroe, Dr. Rule currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia, with his wife, Linda, of 31 years. They have two adult children, Nicholas (26) and Jamie (25).
Faculty and staff,
With everything we have all gone through and are still grappling with this year, and with continued diligence necessary as we all look forward to this festive season to be with family and friends, I would first like to wish each of you a happy and prosperous holiday season!
I am truly honored to have been appointed Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College, and my only regret is that I cannot join you sooner than the start of the year. It has been heartwarming to have already received so many welcome messages and offers of assistance with my transition via email, texts, phone calls, and social media. While I suspect each of you wonders if the right selection has been made regarding me being your new Chancellor, I already feel that my decision to serve is truly the right one!
Just like you, my current college is going through the fall semester wrap-up and spring semester preparations, so there is still a busy schedule for all of us. However, instead of waiting until January 1 (or 4th) before being there, I am pleased that Mr. Broadwater has arranged for me to join in a conference call with the college’s cabinet members on the 16th. Additionally, while only a single day, I will be on the Monroe Campus on Monday the 21st. I suspect many of you will be taking annual leave that entire week, but if you are there, I will be making the rounds and hope to at least say hi to as many of you as are there!
My wife, Linda, will also be with me on the trip, but she may be with our realtor visiting houses. Indeed, she has already been reviewing Zillow and Realtor.com for possibilities. I can already see that we have a significant decision to make – her eye has already landed on houses as varied as some that would require a downsizing effort for us, to a home near water for our kayaks, to a pecan farm. And, of course, there have been suggestions from some of you – thank you, and feel free to keep those coming.
But, enough about me; I am sure you all have many questions about where I see the college going for the next several years – not to mention the immediate spring semester, especially in the context of our continuing pandemic circumstances. So, first, rest assured that I will continue to keep your and our students’ health and safety the top priority. With that in mind, we will retain all allowed flexibilities in instructional delivery, scheduling, and teleworking as you have had until now. Of course, as federal and state laws and guidance from the CDC and our healthcare experts change, we will adjust as necessary
Regarding operational and academic direction, I am so excited about what I already see in place. During my interviews with you, the Board, and search committee, I mentioned a few ideas regarding new program areas of interest, but I look forward to speaking with you and our business, industry, education, and community stakeholders to identify the greatest needs for our area. You will find that I love to investigate and tackle new projects, but I also proceed cautiously and responsibly – specifically regarding need and feasibility. I want to be sure that if we take on something new, we can do so at a level of excellence and an eye toward sustainability. We will craft this strategy together, and I look forward to jumping right in at the start of the year!
Until then, best regards,
Thank you so much for choosing Louisiana Delta Community College! Whether this will be your first semester or continuing your studies with us, I am so pleased you are here. As the incoming Chancellor of LDCC, I want you to know that I also chose LDCC as the best institution to join. We have it all! Whether you are pursuing a liberal arts track intending to continue to a four-year college or university or are seeking to attain a highly sought skill for immediate employment, we are here to help you reach your goal.
In addition to quality programs and excellent services, our top priority will be your health and safety. COVID-19 has changed the experience for all of us significantly, which requires adjustments regarding instructional delivery, available services, and how we interact with each other. But, while things may be different from how we operated in the past, I am committed to the effort that all faculty and staff at LDCC are here to provide the services and quality instruction you expect and deserve.
Take care and enjoy this holiday season. I look forward to seeing you on one of our campuses – and especially at a commencement ceremony in your near future!
Scott Rule, PhD
President Hayward and LDCC Foundation Board Members,
It is an honor to have been chosen and a privilege to serve as your incoming Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College. As members of the LDCC Foundation, I know you fully understand that this responsibility is not just bestowed on someone; rather, that someone must be passionate about the college, our mission, the people we serve, and the faculty, staff, businesses, and partners who all make it happen. While I, personally, look forward to speaking to individuals and groups on and off campus, I am so pleased to know that, as advocates for the college, you already serve in this role and will continue to help me spread the word about what LDCC can do for northeast Louisiana and beyond.
As you well know, it is a challenge for many of our students to cover the costs associated with education, even though there may be federal and state financial aid programs available. This is where your efforts really make a difference, cultivating local support to supplement what is available for our students. Sometimes, this final effort is all that stands between a student continuing with us and dropping out. That, of course, is the primary focus, but I am also thankful that you realize that the college and its programs also need to find ways to operate at the highest levels of excellence when faced with declining funding from traditional sources. Together, I know we can continue to ensure LDCC not only meets today’s needs but can plan for future growth.
So, as my wife and I move into the area, I am so pleased to know I already have a close team of community leaders we can get to know – a group who can help me get acclimated quickly and extend my network of connections. Soon after the start of the year, I look forward to getting to know all of you better.
Until then, I wish you each a Merry Christmas, and I hope you are also looking forward to an amazing New Year!
Greetings to the Louisiana Delta Community College community,
With great pleasure and anticipation, I look forward to the new year as the incoming Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College. It is clear that LDCC, as an open-access two-year college providing both liberal arts options and technical programs, serves a vital role in the economic development of northeast Louisiana.
As my wife and I traveled the entire service area a few weeks ago, it was evident that the college, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and the community support the college in this vital role as represented simply by the facilities available for instruction. While there is still work to be done to update some older facilities, the track record is remarkable, and the support is apparent as evidenced by construction projects each year: the Jonesboro Campus construction project completed in 2016; Winnsboro followed in 2017; Tallulah was not to be left out in 2018, and the Monroe Campus saw investment in new facilities just last year. I am excited to see that this trend continues with plans and funding for a new campus in Ruston now. What a truly exciting place to be!
Of course, modern facilities are just one aspect of a college of excellence. It is what goes on within those walls, or even online, that is most important. That is why I am also pleased to hear from those I have had the pleasure to converse with that we have remarkable staff who are passionate about what we do and faculty who are experts in their fields. I look forward to working with these outstanding individuals as we map out our future together – and that is where yet another aspect of a college of excellence comes into play. You.
That’s right. You. To ensure we are doing what needs to be done, we must listen to all our stakeholders. That means you, our friends, neighbors, business and industry employers, community leaders, and government and education partners. I want to hear from you, listen to your needs, find out additional ways that the college can make your businesses and lives better. After all, that is our ultimate goal and what drives me – knowing that our graduates will be able to move directly into a job or continue their education with a four-year college or university partner.
As I wrap up final tasks at my current college, I know the faculty and staff at LDCC are now preparing for the spring semester, getting ready to safely welcome students back to the campus or ensure materials are ready for virtual delivery. We have all made adjustments over this past year, and we will continue to emphasize health and safety as we navigate through this pandemic. Our future will definitely look different from our past, but I am looking forward to building on the strengths I already see at LDCC and mapping out an even greater future.
See you soon!
Scott Rule, Ph.D
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