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Kenneth Miles
Executive Director, LSU Academic Center for Student Athletes

Kenneth O. Miles lives his life according to the motto he adopted as a student at the all-male Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.: Be a man for others.

Miles was committed to the concept of being a well-round student-athlete, emphasizing the importance of academic prowess off the field as well as championship results during his time at the University of Virginia. He used his stature in those roles to be a positive influence on his teammates and the Charlottesville community by mentoring youths through the Big Brother program and befriending an elderly woman through the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.

“When you get involved, you develop strong relationships with people and share part of yourself with them,” Miles said. “I enjoy having an impact on people.”

Miles arrived at Syracuse University in 1997 as the Director for Academic Support. Under his academic direction, the SU football program notched a perfect 100 percent graduation rate in 2000 which lead the nation and earned the American Football Coaches Association Achievement Award. He also garnered a 93 percent rate during the 1999 and 2001 seasons and an 83 percent in 1998. Those marks earned honorable mention recognition within of American Football Coaches Association Achievement awards.

Miles joined the LSU family in October 2008 as the Executive Director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The Center continues to maintain certification from the prestigious College Reading and Learning Association [CRLA] under Miles.

In addition Miles has already created a formal media training program, designed a studio, implemented a digital signage plan, upgraded the main computer lab with iMacs and Dells, created the Student Learning Center, created advisory boards for Professional/Career Development, Student Learning, Health & Wellness, and Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement, developed a 3 year strategic plan, renovated the lifeskills office, and been instrumental in a complete overhaul in the Center’s website.

Miles earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a Master's of Education in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. Miles also earned a Master of Science degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Currently, he is completing his PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Miles' research investigates how first generation Black students navigate post secondary education at traditionally white institutions.

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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.

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

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” 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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