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Panelist Bio


Chuck Morse
Head of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Chuck Morse is the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. His responsibilities include oversight of the Mississippi River Road Commission, the Red River Development Council, the Atchafalaya Trace Commission and the Louisiana Byways Program, a network of 13 Welcome Centers, National & International Marketing, and a ten million dollar advertising & public relations program. The Office of Tourism has an overall 20 plus million dollar budget with 82 full-time staff and scores of part-time wage employees.

He has spent his entire career in the tourism/hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President at the Washington DC Convention and Tourism Corporation, where he managed governmental and community affairs. Prior to this, Morse was the Director of Membership Development at the Washington DC Convention and Visitors Association.

He has also served as a convention and meeting consultant and as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Aimats Corporation. Morse has taught Hotel/Tourism at the New Orleans Job Corp, and, in his first tourism job, worked as a hotel front office manager. He has held memberships and affiliations with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the American Society of Association Executives, the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce, the Washington DC Business Coalition and the Washington Airport Task Force. Morse currently chairs the Hospitality Signage Taskforce and is a member of board of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at Virginia State University and a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.

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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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