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Panelist Bio


Charles Buckels
Vice Chairman -Republican Party of Louisiana

Charlie Buckels was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana in 2008. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the Treasurer of the State Party. Mr. Buckels served as an elected delegate to the 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions was a member of Electoral College for 2008 Presidential Election.

Mr. Buckels began his insurance and mutual funds career in 1968, and has numerous sales, management and training achievements including the Chartered Life Underwriter professional designation. He is a 1963 graduate of Istrouma High School and he received a B.S. in Marketing from LA Tech University.

Three and half years ago Mr. Buckels embarked on another career and today in addition to family, civic, and political activities, he is employed by Redflex Traffic Systems as the Southeast US Sales Manager.

Charlie and his wife, Peggy, have been married 41 years and they have 4 grown children and 11 fabulous grandchildren. Since 1973 they have made their home in Lafayette.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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