Joan Yvette Davis
People to Watch Class of 2014
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Chancellor, Delgado Community College
As Chancellor of Delgado Community College, Joan Yvette Davis says the
possibilities are endless.
“Every day is a new opportunity to help students
have better lives.”
Her goal is to take the college “from excellence to eminence” while focusing on expanding programs to better address the needs of the community, as well as businesses and industry.
She is always on-duty. “I was recently waiting on a take-out order at a restaurant,” she says, “and talked one of the other waiting customers into enrolling. … I told him to apply at Delgado, and we would help him complete his degree and ‘get a lot of something great.’”
Davis is also excited about the reopening of the Sidney Collier campus in Eastern New Orleans, closed since Katrina, as well as the completion of several construction projects that are currently underway. In addition, recent legislation has, as Davis says, “presented opportunities for funding some of our expansion projects – provided that we’re able to obtain matching funds.” Consequently, Davis and Delgado are looking to partner with individuals, businesses and the community. “It will take a great deal of heard work and faith,” she says, “but Delgado is well worth the effort.”