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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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