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Dr. E. Joseph Savoie
Commissioner of Higher Education

Dr. Joseph Savoie serves as Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Louisiana, a position he has held since 1996. He has served higher education in Louisiana for over two decades. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he held various positions as a campus administrator and faculty member.

Dr. Savoie has played a significant role in the major postsecondary education reform initiatives now taking place in Louisiana, including the restructuring of higher education governance, the creation of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, teacher education reform initiatives, a new state Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education, and the promotion of collaboration and cooperation within the entire education community. Under his leadership, financial support for public postsecondary education has increased significantly.

Dr. Savoie holds a Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership/Administration) from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  He received both his Master’s of Education (Educational Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts/Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

He is active in several church, community and professional organizations. As Commissioner of Higher Education, he serves on a variety of educational commissions and committees.

Current Topic


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

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


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?

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