|Dr. and Mrs. Welch pose outside the Ascension Parish Council Chamber with the proclamation and key to the parish.
Founding chancellor of two colleges, chancellor of the fastest growing community college of its size in 2010, father and grandfather are some of the titles that Dr. Joe Ben Welch, Chancellor of RPCC, has had over the years. On June 20, 2013, Welch added Honorary Ascension Parish President to the growing list of titles he’s assumed over the years. The Ascension Parish Council also proclaimed June 20, 2013, Dr. Joe Ben Welch Day in Ascension Parish.
Councilman Chris Loar, Chairman of the Ascension Parish Council, presented the proclamation and a ceremonial key to the parish to Dr. Welch on behalf of Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez and the Ascension Parish Council.
“Dr. Welch, congratulations,” said Loar. “You’ve certainly left your mark on Ascension Parish. You’ve left your mark in the education community.”
DrWelchHonored: Dr. and Mrs. Welch pose outside the Ascension Parish Council Chamber with the proclamation and key to the parish.
Dr. Bill Martin, Executive Vice Chancellor of RPCC, sang Dr. Welch’s praises.
“They couldn’t have sent a better person here to this community to start this college,” said Dr. Martin.
Dr. Welch was the founding chancellor of RPCC, which makes RPCC the only community college in Louisiana which has its original chancellor.
“It’s his vision and his dedication that has moved the college to where it is today,” said Dr. Martin.
Dr. Welch oversaw RPCC’s expansion from seven graduates in 2001 to over 200 graduates in 2013. This year’s graduating class was larger than RPCC’s first student body.
Under Dr. Welch’s leadership, RPCC has begun the first phase of construction on its new campus, which is located in the Edenborne Development at Highway 44 and Interstate 10. Once completed, RPCC students will take courses on a campus owned by the college for the first time in the college’s history.
For a man who has opened so many doors for members of Ascension Parish and the River Region, it is extremely fitting for Dr. Joe Ben Welch to receive a ceremonial key to Ascension Parish.