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Panelist Bio


Joe May
Doctor, President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Dr. Joe May is president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

Previously, Dr. May served as Senior Vice President of Best Associates, a Dallas based company specializing in educational solutions internationally. Dr. May has a career in higher education that has spanned over 25 years. Prior to his position with Best Associates, Dr. May served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships with Regis University. He has also served as the President of the Colorado Community College System, and as President of Pueblo Community College.

Dr. May has also served as the Dean of Instruction and Student Development for Danville Community College, the Executive Dean of Instruction for Vernon College, and the Dean of Student Services for Navarro College. He has also served as a faculty member for Sul Ross State University and Cedar Valley College.

He received a master of education degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his doctorate of education in Student Personnel and Guidance Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System provides education and critical job training to address Louisiana’s workforce and business community needs. The LCTCS, which was established in 1999, is one of the newest community college systems in the country and currently oversees ten colleges, which include seven community colleges, two technical community colleges, and one technical college with more than 40 campuses.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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