An educator at Delgado Community College was named Wednesday as chancellor for Baton Rouge Community College.

Larissa Littleton-Steib was named by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board after she was recommended for the post by LCTCS President Monty Sullivan, who previously served as Delgado's chancellor.

"This new appointment is very exciting to me," Littleton-Steib said. "I am honored to be named chancellor of BRCC."

The selection is effective Jan. 2 and follows a national search.

The incoming chancellor's salary is $172,499 per year.

"After a thorough vetting process, we believe Dr. Littleton-Steib is the perfect fit for the students, the college and the community it serves, and she will continue leading our efforts to deliver world class academic and workforce training," Mickey Murphy, an LCTCS board member and chairman of the search committee said in a statement.

Littleton-Steib is vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado, which is in New Orleans.

That job includes managing more than $22 million in state and federal funding to support the school's workforce goals.

She has worked at Delgado for nearly 17 years, has more than 20 years of education experience and a  background in program development, grant writing and workforce development and training.

Littleton-Steib developed new business, industry and community partnerships and helped with the development and implementation of technical career programs sought by workers.

The announcement comes amid continuing budget problems for higher education in Louisiana.

Earlier in the day Sullivan was among college and university leaders who told the House Appropriations Committee that repeated budget reductions are taking a toll.

Littleton-Steib said financial issues will be her top challenge.

"For the past eight years we have had budget cuts but even with that BRCC, the faculty and the staff, have remained resilient," she said. "For me it is definitely going to be charting the course as we move through some perhaps difficult times."

The incoming chancellor also said she has experience bridging community and technical college operations in New Orleans and that experience will be beneficial in Baton Rouge.

Littleton-Steib, 45, grew up in Avondale.

She holds bachelor's  and master's degrees from Xavier University and a doctorate in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

Littleton-Steib is married and the mother of three children.

BRCC offers more than 70 degree, certificate and certified training programs.

The school, which opened in 1998, had 2,600 graduates for the 2015-16 school year.

Last month Gov. John Bel Edwards, Sullivan and others announced a plan to allow top students at BRCC and other LCTCS schools to easily transfer to Southern University.

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