BATON ROUGE – Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman was unanimously selected as the chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College Wednesday by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors.
Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president, made the recommendation to the board during its monthly meeting. The recommendation was made after an open and competitive national search that included on campus interviews and public forums with students, faculty and staff and community members.
“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors I would like to congratulate Dr. Bateman for his appointment as chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College,” Tim Hardy, LCTCS board of supervisors first vice chair and chair of the search committee said. “His continued service to education has provided him with the experience and leadership skills necessary to continue leading our efforts to deliver world class academic and workforce training for Louisiana.”
“Our search for BPCC’s chancellor provided an exceptional pool of finalists,” Dr. Monty Sullivan said. “We are confident that Dr. Bateman embodies the requisite skills and vision needed to lead BPCC into the next phase of its development and to provide solutions to the workforce needs of Louisiana,” he said.
Prior to his arrival at BPCC, Dr. Bateman was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles. Dr. Bateman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.
“It is an honor for me to continue to serve the students and community of Bossier Parish,” Bateman said. “I would like to thank the board, students, faculty and staff for entrusting me to continue to advance education in the state of Louisiana,” he said. “I look forward to serving and providing solutions for the needs of our state.”
Bossier Parish Community College is an open-admission, two-year, post-secondary public institution serving the northwest region of Louisiana. The college provides transferable courses and curricula including certificates, associate degrees and comprehensive career and technical education training. Bossier Parish Community College also partners with the surrounding communities by providing programs for personal, professional, and academic growth.