Dr. Natalie Harder Chosen as SLCC Chancellor & Interim ATC Director
Natalie Harder Chosen to Lead South Louisiana Community College
BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors announced that Natalie Harder, Ph.D., will serve as the chancellor of South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) and interim director of Acadiana Technical College (ATC). Harder currently serves as the Vice President at Patrick Henry College in Martinsville, VA.
The SLCC chancellor search committee was chaired by Brett Mellington, member of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. Mellington praised the search committee for its efforts to help identify the most qualified candidate to SLCC and ATC.
"I am confident that Dr. Harder will lead both SLCC and ATC with integrity and tenacity. She has a great passion for higher education," said Dr. Joe D. May, LCTCS President. "Her qualifications to serve in this capacity are second to none and I look forward to working with her in this new role."
Harder will assume responsibilities as the SLCC chancellor, filling the vacancy left by former chancellor Jan Brobst, who retired last December, as well as take on the role of interim director of ATC following the retirement of Dr. Phyllis Dupuis. Dupuis will retire after more than 30 years of service in higher education.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve both SLCC and ATC in these leadership roles," said Harder. "I am honored to work with first class faculty and students at both institutions. SLCC and ATC have already established a great partnership and my goal is to continue that tradition."
Harder serves on regional boards including the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, the Martinsville-Henry County United Way, and the Martinsville Industrial Development Authority. Nationally she is active with the National Association of Community Colleges for Entrepreneurship and the Council for Resource Development. Her recent presentation at the Association for Community College Trustees entitled "Internationalization on Campus: Trustees as Catalysts" was nominated as a semi-finalist presentation for the Community College Futures Assembly Bellwether Awards.
She earned her PhD in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. She holds an MS in Public Policy and Management from The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.News Archives »