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La. Delta SGA president to serve on system board

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/DCC Press) -One of Louisiana Delta Community College’s (LDCC) students is headed to Baton Rouge for some true board room experience while serving on the college system’s board of supervisors.

Edward Banks, the newly-elected SGA president for the Monroe campus has been named one of two student representatives who will spend the year serving on the Board of Supervisors for LCTCS – the governing body of all community and technical colleges in Louisiana.

After being elected SGA president, Banks said he saw no reason to stop the momentum.

“Being on the board of supervisors is just taking another step forward. It’s expanding myself as a person,” Banks said. “If you’re going to be the SGA president, more doors can open from that and you never want to limit yourself.”

“Two SGA presidents are chosen to serve on the board each year, elected by their peers in the Council of Student Body Presidents,” explains Raquel Banner, Lead SGA Advisor for LDCC. Members of COSBP include SGA presidents from all schools in all Louisiana higher education systems, and eligibility for seat positions operates on a rotating system basis. This year, the Louisiana Technical and Community College System was eligible. Banks was chosen as the representative for all the community colleges in Louisiana. Robert Fisher, SGA president at Baton Rouge Community College, was elected representative for all the technical colleges in the state.

Sara Kleinpeter, Coordinator of Board Services for LCTCS, said the elected students serve as full members of the board and hold important responsibilities for their home regions.

“The student members serve as active, voting members of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors,” Kleinpeter said. “The mission of the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System is to direct, control, supervise, assist and manage the institutions of this System in providing quality education and workforce training to the people of the state. Students will attend monthly meetings and any committee meetings they serve on, as needed. Student members can also attend official LCTCS events as needed or are invited to attend.”

The LCTCS Board of Supervisors is looking forward to welcoming the new additions and offering an experience that could enrich their lives in the future.

“We are very proud to have students serve on the LCTCS Board of Supervisors”, said Board Chairman Michael Murphy. “Many of our past student board members have gone to have very rewarding careers. The opportunity for students to serve on a professional board, with individuals from different backgrounds helps prepare them for their transition into the workforce and the next chapter in their lives.”

Banks is excited to begin his duties as a board member and says he intends to take the position extremely seriously.

“I plan to attend every meeting because certain issues might come up that I need to bring back to my home base, which is the Monroe campus of LDCC, or to one of the other community colleges,” Banks said. “I’m there mostly to listen and interpret and to give my input. I’m there to be a voice, but I’m not just the voice of Edward Banks, I’m a voice for Louisiana LDCC Community College and for all the community colleges in Louisiana.”

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