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Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib

Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib


Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib has served as Chancellor of Delgado Community College since July 2019. She served previously as Delgado’s Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education, Executive Dean of the Delgado West Bank Campus, and other leadership roles. Dr. Steib shares a vision to advance the college with a laser focus on student access and student success. She seeks to ensure all programs meet the needs of business and industry and the community while also increasing graduation and retention rates.  Dr. Steib is a highly regarded leader and has an extensive background in program development, grant writing, and workforce training. She has developed vital, cutting-edge academic curricula, and she has a keen forte of working collaboratively with multiple business partners and stakeholders. Over the course of her career she has secured and managed millions in grants, donations, and external funding. Her higher education experience spans over two decades.  

Prior to becoming Chancellor of Delgado Community College, Dr. Steib served as Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, where she helped to increase student enrollment, increase business and educational partnerships, and increase transfer opportunities for students. 

At Delgado, Dr. Steib is placing strong emphasis on improving student access and the quality of the student experience. Facilities improvements college-wide are making each of Delgado’s six metro New Orleans locations better equipped to meet the needs of students. During the coronavirus pandemic, she implemented improved, strict safety measures and a series of wellness campaigns to keep faculty, staff, students, and visitors safe and healthy.                        

Dr. Steib is working to build and enhance relationships with regional business, industry, and government organizations. She is making certain that the curriculum at Delgado, on both the academic and workforce development sides of the college, is aligned properly with regional economic development and workforce needs. Partnerships expanding under Dr. Steib’s leadership include Ochsner Health, LCMC Health, Apple, Amazon, PepsiCo, and Mercedes Benz. In 2021 she developed a partnership with Ochsner Health to provide health care education in a new state-of-the-art facility that opened at Delgado in 2023—funded with a $20 million investment from Ochsner. She is also raising Delgado’s profile across the spectrum of activity in the New Orleans region as a top-quality post-secondary educational resource with tremendous economic impact—calculated in 2021 to be more than $550 million annually in directly related economic activity.

Delgado Community College is the oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, a renowned center for personal and social growth that prepares more than 23,500 students each year for successful careers and additional higher education. During Delgado’s Centennial celebration in 2021-2022, Dr. Steib guided renovation and improvement of the College’s century-old landmark building, Isaac Delgado Hall, as well as launching an awareness and advancement campaign to generate additional community support for the institution from all of its stakeholders. 

Under Dr. Steib’s leadership, researchers placed Delgado in the Top Five status in the categories of Best Louisiana Community College and Best Online Colleges in the United States, and spotlighted 10 different Delgado programs in rankings that place them alongside the nation’s best in online education. This accolade was reinforced by Newsweek magazine, which included Delgado in its annual list of the Top Online Colleges in America. New Orleans CityBusiness readers ranked Delgado Community College as the Top Winner In the category of Best Two-Year College. The performance of Delgado Community College under Dr. Steib’s leadership has also resulted in her being named twice by Biz New Orleans magazine as one of the 500 most influential, involved, and inspiring business leaders in the New Orleans area. Biz New Orleans honored her in 2022 as Executive of the Year in Education. She also was selected as one of the 20 most effective leaders in the regional education sector and as a 2023 Icon Award recipient by the publication New Orleans CityBusiness.                    
Dr. Steib is a native of Louisiana and earned a doctorate in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is married to Kyle Steib Sr. and they have three children, Kyle, Blake, and Victoria.  

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