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Nolton Senegal
Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association

Mr. Nolton Joseph Senegal, Sr., Esq., an attorney and educator, was elected executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association in 2007.

Senegal brings to his position broad and deep experience in public education.

He earned a M.Ed. degree in administration and supervision, and a B.S. in business education and social studies from Southern University and A & M College. He served as president during a twelve and a half year stint on the Acadia Parish School Board, and served two terms as president of LSBA.

Dedicated to working with youth, his classroom experience encompasses teaching second and third grades, and social studies, and business at the high school level. Senegal supervised and counseled high school students in the Job Training Program in Acadia Parish. In addition, he served as a board examiner at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and was, himself, nominated for the Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award. While serving as a school board member he was active in the NSBA Federal Relations program, and chaired the Advocacy Center Board. At the college level, he has served as a notary instructor in the Louisiana Technical Colleges system.

With such a background, Senegal has launched a highly proactive program for LSBA. Emphasis of the change agenda in advancement of legislative initiatives, greater collaboration with other state and local associations, and a dynamic new school board member-training program.

Prior to his election to the helm of LSBA, Senegal was an attorney practicing with the Acadiana Legal Services Corporation. He holds a Jurist Doctor degree from Southern and is Past Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Committee. He also served as Chairman of one of the Louisiana State Bar Association-Disciplinary Committees for two consecutive terms and is currently serving as a Probation Monitor. Senegal also is very active in religious affairs serving as a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

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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 (pic & bio attached)
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers (pic & bio attached)
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept. , Southern University

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