Cybersecurity Education Management Council (CEMC)

The Cybersecurity Education Management Council is tasked with promoting degree and certificate programs in cybersecurity fields offered by public postsecondary education institutions in order to meet the state’s workforce needs.

R.S. 17:3138.9 established the Louisiana Cybersecurity Talent Initiative Fund, created within the state treasury as a special fund for the purpose of funding degree and certificate programs in cybersecurity fields. This also created the Cybersecurity Education Management Council, comprising representatives of the Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana higher education institutions, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Economic Development, and members appointed by the Governor to advise and make recommendations to the Board with respect to distributions of monies for the expansion of cybersecurity programs.

2022 CEMC ANNUAL report

Request for Applications

The FY 2023-24 RFA will be released in fall 2023, with an application due date in early Spring. You may review the prior-year RFA and successful applications below.

CEMC Quarterly Meetings


  • 2nd Quarter: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
        • Agenda
        • Meeting Minutes – pending approval
  • 3rd Quarter: Tuesday, August 15, 2023
        • Location: TBD
  • 4th Quarter: Tuesday, November 14, 2023


1st Quarter: Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

2nd Quarter: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

3rd Quarter: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

      • The Third Quarter CEMC meeting has been cancelled to allow CEMC members to attend an information session on September 13th with the state’s Office of Technology Services (OTS), State Police, and the National Guard. More information will be coming shortly.

4th Quarter: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


1st Quarter: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm-1:30 pm

2nd Quarter: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am

3rd Quarter: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am

4th Quarter: Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Council Members

Daphne Williams, Governor's AppointeeAssociate ProfessorGrambling State University
William Bradley III, Governor's AppointeeStrategic Advisor and Leadership Coach
Kim Hunter ReedCommissioner of Higher EducationLouisiana Board of Regents
Bonnie CheletteVice President of Political AffairsLouisiana Department of Education
Brian LandryVice President of Political AffairsLouisiana Chemical Association
Greg TrahanDirector of Economic DevelopmentLSU and A&M College
Les GuicePresidentLouisiana Tech University
Gabriel FagbeyiroAssociate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information OfficerSouthern University
Rick BatemanChancellorBossier Parish Community College
Tavares WalkerAssistant SecretaryLouisiana Workforce Commission
Paul HeltonExecutive DirectorLED FastStart

The Master Plan

To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity.  Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.

Master Plan for Higher Education