Our Board of Directors
Roxson Welch - Board Chairperson
Ms. Welch is a career educator with a distinguished record of community service. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Family and Youth Service Center. She is a former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman.
She earned her Master of Education from Louisiana State University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree. She is a native of Baker, Louisiana.
Dr. James Henderson
Dr. James Henderson became the University of Louisiana System President Jan. 1, 2017. Prior to this role, he served as president of Northwestern State University from 2015 to 2016.
In his first year as president, the university increased overall enrollment and improved its retention rate by nearly three percent. Northwestern State worked to strategically develop new programs that give students access to high demand skills and give employers in the region a competitive advantage. Henderson was previously chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College from 2009 - 2014. In that time, BPCC grew its enrollment by more than 84 percent and increased annual certificate and degree completions by 90 percent. From 2011-2013, BPCC was among the five fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments of between 5,000 and 9,999.
A native of Shreveport, Henderson is a Northwestern State alumnus. He earned a Master of Science in Administration from the University of West Florida and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland - University College. The Hendersons have three children, Reagan, Nicholas and Alexander.
Ms. Parks is the owner of The Learning Tree at Oak Grove. She has been a long time supporter of Career Compass’ work.
Collis Temple III
Mr. Temple is a National Sales Director for Primerica, a financial services firm. He owns and operates Collis Temple III & Associates, a training center for Primerica with over 250 licensed agents. In 2001, Mr. Temple earned a general business degree from Louisiana State University, and a year later, earned a master’s degree in sports management. He played basketball for the LSU Tigers for three seasons until an injury unfortunately sidelined his career as an athlete.
A successful businessman, he applies many of the same skills he learned on the court to building his business. "This business really is similar to sports in a lot of ways," Collis says. "You have to build a team. If you don't, you don't have a business.”