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Walter Lee
BESE Board member and DeSoto Parish School Board Superintendent

Walter Lee is the longest serving member of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). He is an elected member representing 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana and presently serves as vice-president of the board. Walter also is superintendent of schools in DeSoto parish and previously served as Superintendent in Caddo parish. He is completing his 30th year as a school superintendent.

He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business and 40 graduate credits in educational leadership.

His many awards includes the state school business leader of the year and state superintendent of the year. He served as president of the La. Assn. of School Business Officials, state Superintendents Assn., and the La. Assn. of School Executives.

For many years Mr. Lee has served on school funding committees at both the state and national level.

He is married to Connie Terral Lee and they have one son and one grandson.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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