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Bateman named interim BPCC chancellor

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Dr. Rick Bateman Jr. has been named the interim chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

batemanAt its November board meeting, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors approved the recommendation of Dr. Bateman.

Dr. Bateman currently serves as Interim Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College.  He will serve in both roles until a permanent chancellor is selected.

“I am honored by this invitation to provide interim leadership at Bossier Parish Community College,” says Bateman. “BPCC is a special place with exceptionally talented folks and there is no more critical a partner to Northwest Louisiana Technical College. I look forward to meeting soon with the BPCC team and working with Chancellor Henderson, my friend and colleague, to coordinate a smooth transition.”

In the coming weeks, the LCTCS Board of Supervisors will conduct a comprehensive national search to find the next chancellor of BPCC. This search process will include the selection of a search committee, stakeholder meetings, campus meetings, and public forums.  Faculty, staff, and students will be included the process.

The chancellor position at BPCC will be vacated on December 31.  BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson is the president-elect at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.  He will become president of NSU effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.

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