Delgado Community College has narrowed its search for a new chancellor to three finalists and will give students, faculty and community leaders a chance to meet with the candidates Wednesday.
Joan Yvette Davis, John L. Graham and Gordon F. May each will have a 45-minute public session beginning at 1 p.m. on the second floor of Delgado’s City Park Campus Student Life Center.
The chancellor’s position was vacated in February when Monty Sullivan left to head the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Debbie Lea, Delgado’s former vice chancellor of academic affairs and provost, is serving as interim chancellor.
The candidates, according to information provided by Delgado, are:
Joan Yvette Davis
Davis has been interim president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since June. Before that, she was director of the Alabama Technology Network’s Montgomery/Selma Center.
She also has served as general counsel and vice chancellor for the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. During her time there, she was interim chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.
Davis previously practiced law for more than 20 years in areas including governmental and higher education law in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Born in Macon, Ga., she grew up in Tuscaloosa and graduated from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., and the University of Alabama School of Law.
Graham is executive director of the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center, which provides academic and career training programs for New York City residents. The center is administered by the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Under Graham’s leadership, the center has increased its enrollment by expanding course offerings in strategic locations to serve students coming from government agencies, community and economic development organizations, veterans, senior citizens groups and the health care sector.
Graham was previously interim dean at the School of Business at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and an economic policy expert with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.
May is the immediate past president of the Auburn Hills Campus of Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Mich. After 15 years in transportation management, he began teaching a business management class on the Auburn Hills campus, leading to a career change to higher education in 1986.
May held a number of positions within the community college’s system, including stints as governmental relations liaison and director of its Pontiac Center.
He became executive director of the Royal Oak/Southfield Campus in 2000, president of the Highland Lakes Campus in 2002 and president of the Auburn Hills Campus in 2013.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree in education, May holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Wayne State University.