Greg LaFleur, Southern University's new Athletic Director, is a former LSU staffer in LSU's athletic department. He will replace Floyd Kerr, who lost his job when the university decided not to renew his contract. That contract expires at the end of June. LaFleur comes to Southern from Chicago State University where he headed up the athletic department. The 1981 LSU graduate also played six years as a tight end in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts.
He returned to his alma mater in 1991, and worked his way up from marketing and promotions coordinator to Associate Athletics Director. While at LSU, he led the university through the Peterson vs. LSU Title IX Federal Court lawsuit, one of the pivotal cases in Title IX law.
He then moved on to serve as Athletics Director at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2001, where he led an all-time record setting improvement in basketball home game attendance and significant attendance improvements in football. He also led a 20 million dollar facilities expansion program. He briefly led the Huston-Tillotson College's program in Austin, Texas, in 2004 before moving on to take the athletic director position at Chicago State.
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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