This Thursday Dr. Natalie J. Harder will be inaugurated as the fifth chancellor of South Louisiana Community College.
The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.at the Cajundome Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the inaugural ceremony and a celebration immediately following.
Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, will serve as the ceremony's keynote speaker. Other speakers include Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rob Eddy, Jr.; and Margaret Trahan, president and CEO of United Way of Acadiana.
Harder, who was selected as chancellor after a national search, assumed the post in February 2012. She succeeded Dr. Phyllis Dupuis, a longtime administrator of Acadiana Technical College and interim SLCC chancellor.
In a news release, Harder says this is an exciting time to be at SLCC to lead the college into a new era and she is truly fortunate to have such a dedicated staff, faculty, and administration.
"With new construction, new programs, and new partnerships within the community, SLCC is poised for immense growth to ensure our students have the highest quality education and businesses in Acadiana have a talented pool of skilled workers."
Harder earned her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She and her husband, Cian Robinson, have two sons.