LCTCS president, board chairman to give BPCC fall commencement addresses

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Sullivan, left, and Hardy, right.

Louisiana Community & Technical College (LCTCS) President Dr. Monty Sullivan and LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Hardy are set to give the commencement addresses at Bossier Parish Community College’s 74th fall commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 9, at the College’s Health & Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

Dr. Sullivan will address graduates at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the divisions of Science, Nursing & Allied Health as well as Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Chairman Hardy will address graduates at 2:00 p.m. for the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts.

Dr. Monty Sullivan was selected as the fourth President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System in February 2014. Prior to being selected president, he served as Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He also served as Executive Vice President for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Before joining the LCTCS, Sullivan served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research for the Virginia Community College System. Sullivan is married to Kelley Miles Sullivan, a registered nurse and a graduate of John Tyler Community College. The couple has four daughters.

Chairman Timothy W. Hardy is a partner in the Baton Rouge headquartered law firm of Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister. His area of concentration is Environmental Law and he serves on the firm’s Management Committee and heads the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He formerly served as the top advisor on environmental affairs for a former governor, as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and as a Division Director for the Louisiana Department of Justice. He also was formerly the Managing Partner of the New Orleans based Lemle & Kelleher Law Firm prior to joining Roedel Parsons in July 2011. Hardy currently serves on the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, currently serving as Board Chair. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center, teaching Environmental Law for more than 20 years.  His professional career also includes being named as an Executive Vice President of the Shaw Group in 2003, one of only two Fortune 500 Companies based in Louisiana at that time. He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Department of Chemistry in 2008.  He was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Law Center in 2009 and was named to the Southern University Law Center Hall of Fame in 2012. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Hardy is married to the former Stacia Saizon, currently Associate Dean of Students at Baton Rouge Community College. They have two daughters, Nicole, a physician and currently doing her residency in Emergency Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and Amanda, a second year medical student at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies on Friday, both programs will be streamed LIVE online at www.bpcc.edu/graduation/fall.