July 17, 2012 5:45 AM
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
With term limits set to revamp the composition of the Orleans Parish School Board in December, Tulane President Scott Cowen joined other local leaders of higher education in calling for “visionary” leaders to step forward and qualify to run for board seats this fall.
“Every single problem we’ve had in New Orleans historically — whether it be crime, blighted neighborhoods or poor health outcomes — is tied to a poor education system,” said Cowen during a press conference held on Friday (July 13) at Xavier University. “If we continue to be successful at rebuilding our school system, all the problems that we have seen in the past will slowly dissipate.”
Fearful that the school board race could be overshadowed by the Nov. 6 presidential election, Cowen and Xavier University President Norman Francis organized the conference to draw interest in the school board race. They were joined by Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough and Our Lady of Holy Cross College President Ronald Ambrosetti. Involved, but absent from the press conference, were Loyola University President Kevin Wildes and education reform advocate Leslie Jacobs.
Francis asked individuals to be proactive in encouraging qualified leaders to run for office. “It’s nice to throw out a big net,” he said, “but we’ve got to go to people we know and say, ‘You would make a good school board member. You are committed. It’s a civic obligation. Run for office.’”
Individuals interested in qualifying for the Orleans Parish School Board race should visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.
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