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Don G. Briggs
Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Don Briggs is the president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA). LOGA is an independent oil and gas association representing exploration, producing and service sector companies operating in Louisiana. . LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana's oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

Don is a native of Miami, Florida and a 1964 graduate of USL in Lafayette. Don began his career in the oil and gas industry with Owen Drilling Company. He worked for Owen while attending USL. He has been actively involved in the oil and gas industry ever since – over 45 years. Don is the father of four and has been a resident of Lafayette over 40 years.

In October of 1992, he stepped away from his service company business in Lafayette to organize LOGA (formerly LIOGA). He knew that if the industry was to survive under the onslaught of the many bureaucratic state and federal agencies, the industry needed to be represented in Baton Rouge.

Among the many positions for industry and government that Mr. Briggs has held include appointments by the Governor to the Ground Water Management Advisory Task Force and the Governor’s Environmental Task Force.
In his spare time, Don enjoys golfing, fishing, biking and reading.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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