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Robert Hebert, Ph.D.,
Economist, RFH Consulting

Robert Hebert is Auburn University Emeritus Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a native of Louisiana and received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1970, after which he taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also taught economics in France at the Sorbonne and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Caen in Normandy.

Dr. Hebert has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books and more than 100 articles and reviews on various topics in economics, including his main research interest, the history of economics. Since his retirement from the classroom, he has been active as a consultant, providing forensic economic evaluations in various areas of litigation.

His many awards include Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Auburn University’s Excellence in Outreach Award, and membership in national honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Beta Delta.

He and his wife, Diane (née Dupont) reside in Baton Rouge. Their daughter, Corie, is assistant professor of social work at Southeastern University in Hammond; and son, Charles, is Global Manager of Trading Development for Invesco, a major investment management company headquartered in Atlanta. Dr. and Mrs. Hebert have four granddaughters, who reside in Baton Rouge and Atlanta.

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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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