St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees names new chancellor

Myrtle E. B. Dorsey, Ph.D., has been named chancellor of St. Louis Community College, effective June 16.

Dorsey currently serves as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College.

The appointment comes after an extensive national search and a series of interviews and public forums at each of St. Louis Community College’s campuses, according to a news release.

“We are fortunate to have attracted an educational leader of Dr. Dorsey’s stature. She comes to us with an abundance of senior administrative level experience, having served as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College since 2002,” Denise Chachere, chair of St. Louis Community College’s Board of Trustees, stated in the release.

Under Dorsey’s leadership, Baton Rouge Community College obtained accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, according to the release.

Dorsey currently serves as chair-elect of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, and represented the organization at the first White House Summit on Community Colleges in October 2011. Her term as chair begins July 1. She is also a member of the Executive Board for the State Networks of the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education.

Dorsey serves on the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees of Baton Rouge General Hospital and is a member of the Baton Rouge Film Commission and the Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition.

Honors Dorsey has received include the Baton Rouge Brotherhood Sisterhood Award, the NAACP Freedom Fund Community Service Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Master Teacher Award.

Prior to her serving as chancellor at Baton Rouge Community College, Dorsey held leadership positions at Baltimore City Community College, Georgia Perimeter College and Technical and Community College, Cincinnati.

Dorsey earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morgan State University, Baltimore.

Chancellor Zelema Harris, Ph.D., who joined St. Louis Community College in 2007, announced her retirement earlier this year, effective June 30.