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Kevin Harrison
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Orleans Division

ASAC Harrison's area of responsibility includes Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe. He grew up in Assumption Parish, while his father managed Supreme Sugar Refinery near Napoleonville. He attended Assumption High School and upon graduation went to Nicholls State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

ASAC Harrison then accepted an officer position with the Baton Rouge City Police Department, where he remained for one year and a half. He later accepted a trooper's position with the Louisiana State Police and was stationed in Houma. Most of his time spent with these organizations was in narcotics enforcement.

In 1986, he accepted a Special Agent position with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He spent the next thirteen years in Texas mostly on the Mexican border and came home to Louisiana when he was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge position in Baton Rouge. In 2002 he transferred to DEA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., to fulfill his management career path obligation where he was ultimately promoted to Associate Deputy Chief Inspector within the Office of Professional Responsibility. In 2005 he returned to Louisiana in his present position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

ASAC Harrison is married to a kindergarten teacher and has two grown sons. He has five brothers and one sister. His eldest brother, Joe, is presently serving in the Louisiana Legislature as a State Representative.

ASAC Harrison received the DEA Administrator's Award twice for Exceptional Service; the United States Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and was a Service to America Medal finalist for his search and rescue efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. ASAC Harrison presently serves on the Governor’s Drug Control Policy Board.

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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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