Dr. Natalie Harder

Ph.D., chancellor South Louisiana Community College, Lafayette, Louisiana


Dr. Natalie Harder is the Chancellor of South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), an institution covering more than 6200 sq. miles and serving more than 17,000 students. With almost 20 years of higher education experience, prior to SLCC Natalie served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Patrick Henry Community College.

Over the last seven years, while engaging in two mergers and absorbing numerous state budget cuts, SLCC became a family of individuals committed to one another, its students, and its community. The institution reached unprecedented success in student outcomes, fundraising, business partnerships, and employee engagement. The institutional success through employee engagement has led to national recognitions for the college along with numerous requests for college personnel to speak at conferences, summits, and institutional leadership events.

Over the last two decades, Natalie has served in numerous board capacities in support of higher education and economic development. Most recently she was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Human Capital Advisory Committee and re-appointed to the executive council of the board of trustees for the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges where she currently chairs its audit and finance committee. She is an executive council member of the board of directors for One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization where she serves as chair-elect. She also serves as the organization’s co-chair of its Workforce and Education Committee. Natalie is currently a director of the Lafayette General Health System Management Corporation. She recently served on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges where she chaired its Public Policy and Government Relations Committee.

Her contributions to her community and profession have been recognized with awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, United Way of Acadiana, and Junior Achievement of Lafayette. Natalie is a board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southern Louisiana.

Natalie holds degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Carnegie Mellon University, and Old Dominion University. She resides in Lafayette, LA with her husband, two sons, and three rescue dogs.

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