Thoughts from the New Chancellor

157601193This is the first post from Dr. Joe D. May, the new Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District.  We are honored to learn from his experience and leadership knowledge through these posts. Check back monthly for his posts!

Excerpt from: Chancellor’s Weekend Memo # 362


A great deal of the values I hold and the way I think are the result of growing up in East Texas.  This background left me with an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for learning.  I am continually reading, listening to books-on-tape, and taking online courses.  I believe that if you are not learning new things, then you stop being innovative.

I am at the Dallas County Community College District for the same reason you are . . . to change the world through education.  We have achieved that goal in the past, and we will continue to do so into the future.

As I get to know you better, I am committed to leading our colleges toward greatness.  However, those efforts mean that we must all pull in the same direction.  We should never underestimate what we each can do every day to make a difference in the lives of both our students and our communities.

One of the greatest aspects of working at a community college is that we can easily find meaning in our work.  For those of us who believe in the community college mission, we know this is not just work — we are dedicated to improving other people’s lives.  I cannot think of a better calling.

Countless organizations say that they want to change the world; few, however, can actually make this happen.  Because we have outstanding people, resources, and commitment, I know that the best years of the Dallas County Community College District are ahead of us.  As the new chancellor, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic and optimistic.

Let’s change Dallas together,



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