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Ken Ward, Ph.D
Executive Director of the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation

Mr. Ward has served the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation (LMCF) since January 1, 1976. Mr. Ward started as head of LMCF's Legal and Legislative Division, and became Executive Director of the Foundation in 1977.

The LMCF is an educational foundation that has, since 1942, sought to help people of all faiths and of no faith, to work together to make a better Louisiana. One of the areas where LMCF seeks to carry out these efforts is in the Louisiana Legislature, where Mr. Ward serves as Ethicist and Coordinator of Chaplain Services.

The founders of LMCF, even though wed to the concept of the separation of the institution of state and the institution of church, were convinced that any attempt to govern without Godly values and morality would surely fail. Further, they believed that religion and government can and must co-exist in the hearts and minds of those who make up both religion and government.

Ward has received recognition from both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature for his ethics, credibility and integrity. Prior to his involvement with LMCF, Ward served on the faculty of LSU where he received LSU’s Faculty Service Award for outstanding Leadership in Public Service. Ward published his dissertation at LSU in the area of Legislative Ethics.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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