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Ed.D., University of Georgia
M.S., Auburn University at Montgomery
B.A., University of Alabama

Dr. Rodney Ellis, a Buckner higher-education consultant, is the former Chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). Dr. Ellis held this title from February 2013 to June 2015. In this role, he worked diligently to inform the community about the benefits of a technical and community college education. He successfully secured nearly $5 million in federal grant funding, secured $650,000 in private funding commitments to start new and upgrade existing programs, restructured and rebranded a 7-campus organization, reduced the budget deficit by $1.2 million, expanded student activities and program offerings, secured $19 million from the state legislature for a new building, secured $5.3 in non-state funding for this new building, achieved reaffirmation from the college’s accrediting body, increased the public’s awareness and image of the college, and developed a new 5-year strategic plan, among other things.  As the grandson and stepson of military veterans, Dr. Ellis’s commitment to creating a military friendly institution led to the partnership with the Bechtel Corporation, Cheniere Energy and Fort Polk army base to develop a workforce training program for students transitioning out of the military. In this Chancellor role, Dr. Ellis also served briefly at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) where he focused on special academic and student affairs initiatives that help Louisiana community colleges achieve the goals in “Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow,” LCTCS’s six-year strategic plan. LCTCS serves over 175,000 credit and non-credit students, and 36,000 adult basic education learners at 13 community and technical colleges on over 50 campuses.

Dr. Ellis previously served as Executive Vice President at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ellis worked at Atlanta Technical College for twelve years where he also served as vice president of IT, planning and development and director of institutional development. Prior to his service at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Ellis served as Institutional Effectiveness Specialist at the Technical College System of Georgia and senior research specialist at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ellis earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration, with a specialization in Community and Technical College Leadership, from the University of Georgia; a Master of Science in Judicial Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Ellis has over twenty years of experience in postsecondary education. He specializes in academic and student affairs policy development and compliance, institutional effectiveness and research, accreditation compliance, resource acquisition and management, public-private partnership development, board development and strategic planning.

In Georgia and Louisiana, Dr. Ellis has been heavily involved in the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Re-Entry Solutions and the Rapides Parish Workforce Investment Board. He has also been an active member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria, getting recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He previously served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Tech Civitan Club, the Atlanta Airport Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Business League. He was also a member of the Atlanta Media and Film Community Jobs Task Force, the Atlanta Emerald Cities Green Jobs Task Force and the Atlanta Beltline Employment Working Group.


Transforming Teaching and Engagement from a Data Driven Perspective, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting (Dec 2006)

The Name Game: Total Quality Management, Quality Improvement and Institutional Effectiveness in Postsecondary Education, Southern Association of Community College Research Annual Meeting (Aug 2000)

Planning, Budgeting and Outcomes Assessment, Trenholm State Technical College Institutional Effectiveness Training Session (Feb 2007)

Organizational Change and the Paradigm Shift in Becoming a College Centered on Student Learning, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting (Dec 2006)

Current and Future Information Technology Digital Utilization at Atlanta Technical College, Digital Community College Survey Webinar (Oct 2011)

Addressing African-American Male Enrollment, Retention and Completion, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting (Dec 2010)

Addressing African-American Male Enrollment, Retention and Completion, League of Innovation Annual Conference (Mar 2011)

A Paradigm Shift from Traditional to E-engaging Learning Opportunities, 28th Annual Association for Integrative Studies Conference (Oct 2006)

A Case Study of The Merger of the Technical and Community Colleges in Kentucky and Minnesota, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting, (Dec 2010)

A Case Study of The Merger of the Technical and Community Colleges in Kentucky and Minnesota, League of Innovation Annual Conference (Mar 2011)