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Governor officially signs community college bill

Dr. Earl Meador named college chancellor

Special to the Minden Press-Herald

At Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Governor John Bel Edwards was joined by Representative Wayne McMahen, former Senator Robert Adley, Minden businessman James Madden, Board of Regents Chairman Marty Chabert, and others as he signed House Bill 89 into law. The bill which was authored by Representative McMahen renames the former Northwest Louisiana Technical College as the Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College. This action paves the way forward for the college to offer a more comprehensive learning experience for the region by offering both technical/workforce training and academic programs and provides for an expansion of its mission. 

 As such, the Board accepted staff’s recommendation to adopt a new mission statement: Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College is committed to providing quality workforce training and transfer opportunities to students seeking a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  

 Also, related to Wednesday’s action, was the elevation of Earl Meador to the position of college chancellor. Meador had previously served as Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College since June 2017.