Joe May


Dallas College

Joe D. May, Ed.D.ChancellorDallas CollegeHaving served seven years as Chancellor of Dallas College, Dr. Joe May brings a strong commitment toimproving the Dallas economy and growing regional jobs. Under his leadership, the College is takingresponsibility for many of the community's most challenging issues, including regional workforce needs,growth of minority-owned businesses, the negative impacts of income disparity, and providing opportunityequality. To help meet the needs of Dallas County students, May led the consolidation of seven separatecolleges into a single institution. Previously known as the Dallas County Community College District, DallasCollege now serves over 150,000 North Texas students.Because of his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, May serves as the founding president ofRebuilding America's Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges. As the President ofRAMC, he was involved in pushing Congress to reinstate year-round Pell Grants and second chance Pell Grantsfor the currently incarcerated.As a community leader and educator, May strongly believes in collaborative efforts and has worked closelywith public school districts, sponsored charter schools, career academies, early college high schools, and PTECH high schools. To meet the early childhood teacher shortage in North Texas, he sought authorization forDallas College to offer a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education.May previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, president for theColorado Community College System, and Pueblo Community College president before accepting the system'sCEO position. He also served in leadership roles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas; Navarro College inCorsicana, Texas and Vernon College in Vernon, Texas.A native of East Texas, May earned his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. He also holds aMasters of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University inNacogdoches, Texas.May has been married for over 46 years to his wife, Jeanne. They have two children and three grandchildren.