Ourso College Graduate Named Commissioner of Higher Education


Kim Hunter Reed

April 25, 2018

BATON ROUGE – E. J. Ourso College of Business alumna Kim Hunter Reed has been selected as Louisiana’s next commissioner of higher education. She will oversee policy governing the state’s public colleges and more than 200,000 students.

Reed is currently serving as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. She served in President Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education leading post-secondary diversity and inclusion efforts. She previously worked as chief of staff at the Louisiana Board of Regents, as deputy chief of staff for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and as executive vice president for the University of Louisiana System.

She is a Lake Charles native and two-time LSU graduate holding both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master of public administration from the university. Reed earned a PhD in public policy-higher education policy from Southern University.

In 2004, Reed was selected as the LSU Public Administration Institute’s MPA Alum of the Year.


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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business