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Billie Whittington named Chief Executive Officer of Northlake Behavioral Health System

MANDEVILLE, LA - Northlake Behavioral Health System in Mandeville has had a change in its leadership team naming Billie Whittington as chief executive officer.

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Public Administration Student presents at Public Administration Theory Conference

DENVER – Nicole Wesley, a Master of Public Administration Student from Baton Rouge, presented at this year’s Public Administration Theory Conference. The theme, Post Truth in the Public Realm, explores the current contentious environment of government and administration. Presenters explored post-truth rhetoric, how post-truth ideas in government came to be, and to where the convoluted discourse of post-truth politics leads our concerns of administration and government.

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MPA Student Named to Governor’s Fellows Program

BATON ROUGE – David Lehman has been selected as a 2019 Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program. Lehman is an MPA Candidate at Louisiana State University and is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is working toward his master’s in public administration, Economics and Public Policy. He is a member of LSU’s Economics and Policy Research Group and President of the Public Administration Institute Student Association. Lehman will be working with Louisiana Economic Development.

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E. J. Ourso College of Business Faculty Receive Promotions, Tenure

BATON ROUGE – The University hosted its inaugural celebration to honor LSU faculty who received promotion and tenure effective next academic year. The professional milestones the honorees reached outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service for which LSU is known. Six LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business faculty were awarded promotion and tenure.

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Phillips, Students Honored at LSU PAI Luncheon

The LSU Public Administration Institute recently celebrated Courtney Phillips as its 2019 Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year.

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Public Administration Students Compete in NASPAA-Batten Simulation

Two master of public administration students from LSU competed in Washington, D.C and Austin, Texas in the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. Mellynn Baker and John Lewis, whose team placed fourth, both participated in a daylong event that allows graduate students in public policy and related fields to test their skills on real-world data.

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Professor James Richardson Authors Book about Mega-Disasters

In Managing Hurricane Katrina: Lessons from a Megacrisis, Arjen Boin, Christer Brown and James A. Richardson analyze and evaluate the crisis response at all levels of government during the first week after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. With a clear evaluative framework based on decades of crisis management research, the authors examine both the failures and successes during this period and offer lessons useful for a government response to other mega-crises in the United States and abroad. Boin, Brown, and Richardson’s granular analysis of this incredibly complex operation will inform preparation everywhere for the inevitable super disasters that modern society faces.

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LSU Programs Ranked in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings, Flores MBA Program Ranked 36th Among Public Universities

BATON ROUGE – A number of LSU programs are recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings, including the Flores MBA, public administration, education and social work programs, which all moved up in the rankings this year.

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Student Leader Profile: David Lehman

BATON ROUGE – David Lehman, president of the Public Administration Institute Student Association (PAISA), talks to us about the organization, opportunities for students, and his favorite LSU tradition.

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2019 LSU100 Nominations Open

BATON ROUGE – LSU Executive Education announces the opening of nominations for the 2019 LSU100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses on February 1, 2019.

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PAI’s Hicks Accepted Into ASPA 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows

BATON ROUGE – Emmy Hicks, a Master of Public Administration student from Thibodaux, LA in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute, has been accepted into the 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

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Professor Jim Richardson Ends 30 Years of Service to the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference

BATON ROUGE - Professor Jim Richardson of the Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business is ending 30 years of service as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state.

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Eight Business Alumni Named to Baton Rouge Business Report 40 Under 40

BATON ROUGE - Eight business alumni were recently named to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report's 2018 40 Under 40.

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Authors Propose Reforming Louisiana’s Tax System to Solve State’s Economic Woes

BATON ROUGE —The central issue debated at each successive legislative session for over a decade, Louisiana’s significant fiscal problems have remained unresolved despite efforts to mitigate the state’s financial woes and avoid cutting key services or resorting to stop-gap solutions. Louisiana created its current tax structure in the 1970s, with some subsequent revisions in response to new economic realities. While many developments in Louisiana’s fiscal picture lie outside the state’s control, other changes including shifting tax rates, shrinking the tax base, and increasing the number of exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, resulted from decisions made by the legislative body. In Exploring Long-Term Solutions for Louisiana’s Tax System, James A. Richardson, Steven M. Sheffrin, James Alm, and other contributors advocate for establishing financial reforms geared to long-term change and more stable fiscal prospects.

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Lead LSU Program Graduates Include E. J. Ourso College Alumni, Student

BATON ROUGE – Several LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business graduates and a current student were among the 2018 graduates of Lead LSU, a leadership development program for LSU employees.

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LSU Selects 2018 Homecoming Court

BATON ROUGE – LSU has formally announced selections for the 2018 Homecoming Court. The court is comprised of 14 exceptional students that represent the sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate classifications plus graduate, law, and veterinary school students, and many of the university’s most dynamic student organizations.

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E. J. Ourso College of Business to Hold Graduate Program Fair

BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College is hosting a Business Graduate Program Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the LSU Business Education Complex, 501 South Quad Drive.

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Governor’s Fellows Program Hosted by LSU Public Administration Institute

BATON ROUGE – The Public Administration Institute, part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, hosted the inaugural Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government this summer. PAI director Jared Llorens supervised the program's academic components.

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Emergent Method Named One of Country's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

BATON ROUGE – Emergent Method, a Louisiana-based consulting firm specializing in strategic and organizational planning, strategic communications and project management, has been ranked 1,292 in Inc. Magazine's 37th Annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies in America. The firm is ranked first among Baton Rouge companies in the Inc. 5000 rankings and sixth among Louisiana companies.

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LSU Public Administration Institute Earns NASPAA Accreditation

BATON ROUGE – The Public Administration Institute, a part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, met the high standards for continued accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program received full reaccreditation through 2024.

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LSU Alumna and Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed to Deliver Keynote Address at August Commencement

BATON ROUGE – LSU alumna and Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed will deliver the keynote address at LSU’s summer commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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Masters Programs Maintain Top-20 Rankings by Eduniversal

BATON ROUGE – Eduniversal’s newest best masters rankings place the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Master of Science in Finance and Master of Public Administration and programs 11th and 12th, respectively, among public colleges and universities in the United States.

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Public Administration Grad Honored by Catholic Health Association

BATON ROUGE – Tara Haney, vice president of operations for Health Leaders Network (HLN), was recognized by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) as one of Tomorrow’s Leaders during the organization’s annual awards banquet at the 2018 Assembly in San Diego.

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MPA Student Improves Sustainability at LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU Campus Sustainability, LSU Dining and student government recently launched a program that will divert food waste from local landfills by providing produce and bakery items to local farmers who will use the scraps as animal feed.

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Bel Miller, Others Honored at LSU PAI Honors Luncheon

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Public Administration Institute recently celebrated Megan Bel Miller as its 2018 Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year.

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Leadership LSU Class of 2018

BATON ROUGE – LSU has recognized 32 students as the Class of 2018 for Leadership LSU, an annual spring program coordinated by LSU Campus Life on behalf of the LSU Office of the Dean of Students. Twenty-eight of the 32 students in the Class of 2018 for Leadership LSU are undergraduates in their senior year. Five are juniors and two are graduate students (noted in listing). Students in the class are from five states and three countries.

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2018 Love Purple Live Gold Awards

BATON ROUGE – Last month LSU Campus Life, a department within the Office of the Dean of Students, awarded Love Purple Live Gold Awards for 16 categories out of 144 total applications for outstanding achievements during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Public Administration Graduate Organizes Panel on Future of Transgender and Non-Binary People

BATON ROUGE – Peter Jenkins, a graduate of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and current PhD candidate at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, organized and moderated a forum titled “The Future of Transgender and Non-Binary People.”

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Ourso College Graduate Named Commissioner of Higher Education

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.

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Public Administration Students Compete to Stop Simulated Pandemic

BATON ROUGE – LSU master of public administration students Christina Bastien and Devon Camarota represented the university at the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition held Feb. 24 at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Students were tasked with fighting a pandemic using computer-based simulated game play.

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Ourso College Alumnus Receives National Association of Police Organizations Award

BATON ROUGE – Jake Credo, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshal Service’s Investigative Operations Division’s Technical Operations Group, received a 2017 Top Cop runner-up award from the National Association of Police Organizations.

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Three E. J. Ourso College of Business Students Receive Leadership Scholarship

BATON ROUGE – LSU Campus Life, a department within the Office of the Dean of Students, has awarded the 2017 Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Award for participation and leadership in campus and community service to ten female students who were nominated and who applied for consideration. Three of the recipients are from the E. J. Ourso College of Business — Christina Bastien, a public administration graduate student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Megan Manno, an accounting senior from Houma, La. and Alix Perry, an accounting senior from Carencro, La.

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Ourso College Alumnus Elected Chair for Species360

BATON ROUGE – Phil Frost, director of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, was recently elected chair of the board for Species360, an international data sharing company aiding over 1,000 member institutions, including the global community of zoos, aquariums and other wildlife organizations in more than 90 countries. Frost has served on the board for Species360 for five years prior to this election.

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Wesley Named 2018 ASPA Founders’ Fellow

BATON ROUGE – Nicole Wesley, a master of public administration student in the LSU Public Administration Institute, was selected as a 2018 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellow.

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PAISA Symposium Focuses on Disaster Recovery Process

BATON ROUGE – The Public Administration Institute Student Association will host a symposium on “The Disaster Recovery Management Process at the State, Local, and Federal Levels” on Monday, March 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 1125 of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex.

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Hall of Distinction 2017 Inductees Announced

BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has announced the members of its 2017 Hall of Distinction Class – Sarah Borders, Jim Parr and David B. Songy. This year’s class will be inducted at the Hall of Distinction Banquet, which the college will host at the Business Education Complex on Friday, March 31.

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Goodson, Others Honored at LSU PAISA Day Event

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Public Administration Institute recently celebrated Barbara Goodson as its 2017 Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year during this year’s Public Administration Institute Student Association (PAISA) Day event.

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Masters Programs Maintain Top-20 Rankings by Eduniversal Title

BATON ROUGE – Eduniversal released its annual best masters rankings recently, placing the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs 17th and 20th, respectively, among public colleges and universities in the United States.

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LSU Trio Attends TD Ameritrade National Conference

E. J. Ourso College of Business students Marlen Breve, finance major from Baton Rouge; Rachel LeMaire, finance major from New Iberia, La.; and Megan Manno, accounting major from Houma, La; represented the college at TD Ameritrade Institutional’s National LINC 2017 conference in San Diego.

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PAISA, Forum 35 to Host Baton Rouge Mayor-President Runoff Forum

BATON ROUGE, LA – Recent polling of the Baton Rouge Mayor-President race suggests that a runoff election could likely occur after voting concludes on November 8.

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Richardson Estimates One-Year Recovery Period From Floods

BATON ROUGE – The numbers are staggering. Thirty-one inches of rain in 15 hours in Livingston Parish alone, 13 people dead across five parishes, 20 parishes designated as disaster areas, and more than 30,000 residents and 1,400 pets rescued.

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White Outlines Future of Workforce, How E. J. Ourso College Will Meet Needs

BATON ROUGE – By the end of the LSU Department of Accounting’s 13th annual Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference this week, those in the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s packed ballroom had gained two days worth of insight from leaders in the field.

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MPA Grad Armas Named a 2017 Knauss Fellow

BATON ROUGE – Next year, LSU research associate and recent LSU Master of Public Administration graduate Alvaro Armas will be one of two Knauss Fellows from the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program serving in Washington, D.C.

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Robinson Named 2016 MPA Alum of the Year

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Public Administration Institute recently celebrated Kimberly Robinson as its 2016 Master of Public Administration Alum of the Year at its Public Administration Institute Student Association (PAISA) Day event.

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Llorens Elected to ASPA National Council

BATON ROUGE – LSU Public Administration Institute Director and Professor Jared Llorens was elected to the American Society for Public Administration, or ASPA, National Council and will serve as representative District III.

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LSU MPA Alum Appointed to U.S. Department of Education

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Education announced today the appointment of Kim Hunter Reed, a 1995 graduate of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Master of Public Administration program, as deputy undersecretary, effective immediately.

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LSU PAI's Kristen Smith Runner-Up at NASPAA Competition

BATON RO​UGE - LSU Master of Public Administration students Kristen Smith and Mason Hess recently traveled to Georgia State University to participate in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)'s Second Annual Student Simulation Competition on Global Climate Change. The two were just a pair of 375 graduate students from around the world competing at eight regional sites.

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Pair of Masters Programs Ranked High by Eduniversal

BATON ROUGE – Eduniversal released its annual best masters rankings recently, placing the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs ninth and 11th, respectively, among public colleges and universities in the United States.

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Llorens Named Editor of Public Personnel Management

BATON ROUGE – Jared Llorens, director of the E.J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute, has assumed editorship of Public Personnel Management, a quarterly publication specifically for human resource executives and managers in the public sector.

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Richardson, Tax Study Group Featured in Forbes

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Public Administration Institute Director James Richardson and the rest of the Louisiana Tax Study Group were recently featured on Forbes.com for their report recommending changes to the state’s taxes.

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