The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors has approved the recommendation of Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., as Interim Chancellor of BPCC. He'll take over the position January 1, 2015.

Dr. Batemen currently serves as Interim Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College. He'll serve in both roles until a permanent chancellor is chosen.

"I am honored by this invitation to provide interim leadership at Bossier Parish Community College," says Bateman in a news release. "BPCC is a special place with exceptionally talented folks and there is no more critical a partner to Northwest Louisiana Technical College. I look forward to meeting soon with the BPCC team and working with Chancellor Henderson, my friend and colleague, to coordinate a smooth transition."

LCTCS will conduct a national search for a permanent chancellor in the coming weeks, as current Chancellor Jim Henderson prepares to take over as president Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.