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.

2023 CEMC ANNUAL report

CEMC Quarterly Meetings



  • 1st Quarter: Monday, February 19, 2024
  • 2nd Quarter: Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        • Agenda
        • Meeting Minutes (pending approval)
  • 3rd Quarter: Monday, August 12, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
        • Location: 1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (Claiborne Building)



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
Tristan DenleyDeputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs and InnovationLouisiana Board of Regents
Bonnie CheletteVice President of Political AffairsLouisiana Department of Education
Michael BoykinDirector of Health, Safety, and SecurityLouisiana Chemical Association
Greg TrahanDirector of Economic DevelopmentLSU and A&M College
Rick GallotPresidentUL System
Gabriel FagbeyiroAssociate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information OfficerSouthern University
Rick BatemanChancellorBossier Parish Community College
Emily DiPalmaChief EconomistLouisiana 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