Willie E. Smith

Willie E. Smith

Willie E. Smith, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, is one of 25 leaders selected for the class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.

The program supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they aim to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. It is part of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

The fellows were selected through a highly competitive process. Starting later this year, they will engage over nine months in residential sessions and virtual learning to develop strategies to meet their goals for student success and equity with data to assess challenges and progress.

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The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce has selected its Leadership Livingston Class of 2022.

The community leadership program is designed to engage participants and increase their understanding of their parish. 

The Leadership Livingston Class includes: Wendy Montalbano, city of Walker; Katelyn Cockerham, Lock5; Alli Castle, HomeKey Mortgage; Trish Basco, North Oaks Health System; Chantelle Varnado, Launch; Kathleen Abels, Livingston Parish Tourism; Kristi Ladut, Livingston Parish Clerk of Court; Kayla Coots, Our Lady of the Lake; Kay Granger, Livingston Council on Aging; Jamie Brown, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office; Leslie Mckinney, Livingston Parish Council; Kim Galloway, The UPS Store; Kim McDonald, Bank of Zachary;

Karen Pitre, Jefferson Financial Federal Credit Union; LeAnn Stelly, Cox Business; Sheila Goins, Realtor; Kim DeCelle, Baton Rouge General Physicians; Bradley Ward, Ochsner Health; Sean Root, Root Home Inspection; Taylor Watts, Quality Engineering & Surveying; Travis Tharp, city of Denham Springs; Jody Purvis, Livingston Parish Public Schools; Bill Smith, First Guaranty Bank; Brandon Browning, self employed and James Moak, Gulf South Technology Solutions.