Chancellor recommends Riedel for presidency of LBW Community College

Dr. Herbert Riedel (Photo courtesy of North Texas Community College)
Dr. Herbert Riedel (Photo courtesy of North Texas Community College)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -- Bradley R. Byrne, chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system, will recommend Herbert Riedel as the next president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (LBW) to the Alabama State Board of Education at its Nov.13 board meeting.

Byrne plans to recommend Riedel for the position after completing a presidential search process which brought in 61 applicants from across the country. Wayne Bennett has served as interim president since August, replacing Edward Meadows, who served as president at LBW since 2003.

"Dr. Riedel is one of the most accomplished educational leaders in the country and his record speaks volumes for his commitment to community colleges," Byrne said.  "We are so fortunate to have someone with his experience in nanotechnology in our system as we address the technology needs at LBW."

Riedel most recently served as vice president for Instruction and Student Development at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, TX. In this position he served as acting president when necessary, supervised some 300 employees, managed a budget of $7.4 million, and raised over $3.5 million in the last two years from public and private sources. Prior to that, he served as deputy director of the Nanoscience Technology Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His additional experience with community colleges includes service as a faculty member, department head and division chair.

Riedel received his doctorate in Pure Mathematics and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa.

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, located in Andalusia, serves students in Covington, Crenshaw and portions of Butler, Coffee and Geneva counties. LBW is part of the Alabama Community College System, offering certificate and degree programs, workforce training, and adult education.