Ken Hollis was born and raised in Alexandria and attended Louisiana Tech University where he received a degree in Business Administration. Upon completing his studies he entered the insurance field and served as MassMutual's Regional Group Manager until 1981. Hollis then served as MassMutual's General Agent for the State of Louisiana until retiring from that position in January 1998. He is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Hollis Companies which specializes in employee benefits consulting. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Past President of the Employee Benefit Planning Association of Louisiana.
Hollis began his career in public service as a Jefferson Parish Councilman in 1980. He served in that position until 1982 when he was elected to the State Senate to fill an unexpired term. He was unopposed in his bids for re-election in 1983, 1987, 1991 and 1999. He won re-election in 1995 with 80% of the vote and again in 2003 by a substantial margin. Hollis has received numerous public service awards including the Alliance for Good Government's Senator of the Year Award for Jefferson Parish in 1985, 1987, 1993, and 1996 and also the 2000 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In the Senate, Hollis serves as Chairman of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee and is a member of the Judiciary "C" and Retirement Committees. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Oversight of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission.
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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