Dr. Joe May, Chancellor Emeritus, Dallas College

Having served eight years as Chancellor of Dallas College, Dr. Joe May brings a strong commitment to improving the Dallas economy and growing regional jobs. Under his leadership, the College took responsibility 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 opportunity equality.  To help meet the needs of Dallas County students, Dr. May led the consolidation of seven separate colleges into a single institution.  Previously known as the Dallas County Community College District, Dallas College now serves more than 125,000 North Texas students. In March 2022, Dr. May retired from the role of chancellor. However, he continues to serve the institution and higher education community as chancellor emeritus.  

Because of his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. May serves as the founding president of Rebuilding America's Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges. As president of RAMC, he was involved in pushing Congress to reinstate year-round Pell Grants and second chance Pell Grants for those who are incarcerated. 

As a community leader and educator, Dr. May strongly believes in collaborative efforts and has worked closely with public school districts, sponsored charter schools, career academies, early college high schools, and P-TECH high schools.  To meet the early childhood teacher shortage in North Texas, he sought authorization for Dallas College to offer a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Dr. May’s career in higher education spans more than 40 years. He served with distinction as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the Colorado Community College System, and Pueblo Community College before accepting the system's CEO position. He also served in leadership roles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas; Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas and Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. 

A native of East Texas, Dr. May earned his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. 

Dr. May has been married for over 46 years to his wife, Jeanne. They have two children and three grandchildren. ​