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Tim Barfield
Executive Counsel, La. Dept. of Revenue

T.A. “Tim” Barfield, Jr. currently serves as the Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Prior to his current post, he served as Chief Development Officer for Amedisys. Prior to Amedisys, Mr. Barfield served as Executive Counsel to Governor Jindal and as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

At the Workforce Commission, Barfield helped redesign the state’s workforce development system by working closely with business leaders, higher education leaders and the Louisiana Economic Development. Barfield also formed the Workforce Investment Council, which is made up of business and industry leaders who work to better align the needs of businesses and industry with the state’s education and training efforts.

Barfield previously served the Shaw Group Inc., in several roles, including as President and Chief Operating Officer, President of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Senior Vice President for Special Projects, President of Shaw APP, Inc., and Secretary & General Counsel. He has also served as the Managing Director of Shaw Group U.K. Limited and as a corporate attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, Texas.

Barfield has a bachelor’s of science in business administration and a law degree from LSU. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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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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