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Dec 26, 2014

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

Nell Nolan: Tocqueville of United Way, BGR, Art Against AIDS, and STUDS Scholarship Social

By Nell Nolan

The Advocate

December 26, 2014

…BGR Rally

The annual Bureau of Governmental Research Luncheon amassed a crowd of 800-plus at the New Orleans Marriott to hear guest speaker Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education (who got a big applause when he said, “I think education should have nothing to do with politics”), and to recognize new BGR officers and directors. J. Kelly Duncan was the outgoing board chairman and Mark A. Mayer, his successor. The new officers are Mayer, Hardy B. Fowler, Ludovico Feoli, and J. Storey Charbonnet. Dr. Nicolas Bazan, the above Joseph Exnicios, and Denise Thornton were re-elected to the board for three years. New directors, seven in all, counted Robert W. Brown, Kelly R. Brown, Maureen Clary, Hunter G. Hill, H. Merritt Lane III, James M. Williams, and Dennis Woltering, retired WWL-TV anchor/reporter, who spearheaded the questions and answers session. Further program principals were nominating committee Chairman Sterling Scott Willis, and Jefferson Parish Public School System Superintendent Dr. James Meza, who introduced Arne Duncan. Whitney Bank was the luncheon sponsor.

Luminaries included BGR President and CEO Janet Howard, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Jefferson Parish President John Young, state Sen. Conrad Appel, Scott Howard, Anne and King Milling, Edgar and Alva Chase, John Georges, Dr. Norman Francis, Mary Matalin, Sarah Usdin, Bob Reily, Charles Beasley, Liz and Poco Sloss, Mark Sheridan, Gray and Mary Kay Parker and countless others, who enjoyed the three-course luncheon (and its pre-set salad and dessert) and applauded with gusto Arne Duncan’s, “Every child must receive a quality education.”

Dec 26, 2014

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Schools

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