LAFAYETTE — The search is on for South Louisiana Community College’s third chancellor in the school’s 13-year history.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the target date for submissions is Oct. 19, according to Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s website. The Association of Community College Trustees is handling the SLCC chancellor search at a fee of $30,000, Kizzy Payton, LCTCS director of public information, said in an email response.
The overall budget for the SLCC search is between $80,000 and $100,000, Payton said.
The association is also overseeing the search for Baton Rouge Community College’s next chancellor. The target date for those applications is Wednesday.
The association will review applications and select candidates for the system board of supervisors’ review, she explained.
The system has used the association’s search services in the past, said Brett Mellington, a LCTCS board member from Lafayette.
“They’ve done a good job and gotten a good, diverse pool of candidates,” Mellington said of prior searches.
Candidates selected as finalists will visit the campus and meet in a forum with stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, community members and foundation board members, Payton said.
The business community will also be invited to participate in the forum, Mellington said.
“Obviously, the business community is very interested in the process because they’re interested in the success of the college. That’s where they get their workforce,” he said.
Stakeholder feedback will be provided to the search committee for its final interviews, she added. The new chancellor of South Louisiana Community College also might assume supervisory duties of the region’s seven technical college campuses. Dupuis plans to retire and the board hopes to fill the position before the end of the year, Mellington said.
“We’re disappointed that Phyllis is leaving,” Mellington said. “She’s been excellent. I just hope that we can get someone of her caliber.”
Dupuis was appointed interim SLCC chancellor in January following the retirement of Jan Brobst. Brobst, a Baton Rouge native, served as chancellor from 2002 until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2010.
The college’s inaugural chancellor was Ned Doffoney, who left the role for another chancellor position in California.
SLCC enrolls more than 4,000 students and also has instructional sites in New Iberia, Franklin and Hessmer.
A feasibility study of merging SLCC and Acadiana Technical College, which includes seven campuses, was mandated by Senate Resolution 98 in the recent legislative session. The findings of the study are due to the House and Senate education committees at least 60 days before the 2012 legislative session.
In its advertisement for the chancellor post, the system advises potential applicants of the potential merger and dual roles.
Currently, both jobs are being performed by Phyllis Dupuis, regional director of the Acadiana Technical College. Its Lafayette campus is adjacent to the SLCC campus.