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Brenda Birkett
President, Baton Rouge Chapter, The Links

Brenda S. Birkett is president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Inc. The Links, Inc. is a national women's service organization with over 12,000 members.

She is the retired Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Accounting at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Previously, she held academic and administrative positions at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Birkett holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University, the Master of Business Administration degree from Atlanta University and the bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern University and A&M College. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Dr. Birkett has received several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Accounting Education from the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Achievement Award in Accounting Education from the National Association of Black Accountants. In 1998, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants established the Brenda S. Birkett Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern University.

Dr. Birkett has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations including the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Volunteer Baton Rouge, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Baton Rouge Marine Institute (renamed AMIkids-Baton Rouge), Mary Bird Perkins, Credit Counseling of Louisiana and Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Foundation.

Dr. Birkett is married and has two sons.

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