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, PhD