Dr. Joe May, Chancellor, Dallas College

Serving as the seventh chancellor of Dallas College, Dr. Joe May joined what was then the Dallas County Community College District in late February 2014. Throughout his career, Dr. May has ​expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree by starting at a community college. He also has a strong commitment to improving the Dallas economy by growing middle-class jobs. Dr. May launched Dallas College's higher education network two years ago – a partnership of colleges, universities, K-12, businesses, community organizations and other agencies, all interested in removing barriers to student success and college completion.

Dr. May was the first member of his family to attend college. He is the founding president of Rebuilding America's Middle Class (RAMC); was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia; is a national and international consultant for new community college initiatives; and has been appointed to serve on a number of national advisory boards in higher education.

As the leader of Dallas College, Dr. May has expanded early college high schools in North Texas; helped bring Pathways to Technology (P-Tech) high schools to the state; led the effort to allow Dallas College to offer a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education; consolidated what were seven separate colleges into one singly accredited institution; and guided Dallas College to establish WorkReadyU, which provides adult education in the DFW area. He also brought together the largest minority chambers of commerce in North Texas to create a Minority Small Business Cultivator while he serves on the board of directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.

Dr. May, who started his academic career as an adjunct faculty member at one of the colleges seven colleges, Cedar Valley, is a native Texan and holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.