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Donald R. Smithburg
CEO LSU Health Sciences Center(Charity)

Donald R. Smithburg is vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of the LSU Health Sciences Center's Health Care Services Division (HCSD) headquartered in Baton Rouge.

The HCSD is LSU's operational and managerial authority for Louisiana's eight large public hospitals. Smithburg is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a degree in anthropology, and holds a masters in public administration from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to his LSU appointment, he served as president and chief executive officer of the University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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