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Panelist Bio


Cedric Grant
Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Cedric S. Grant as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on July 8, 2004. Mr. Grant's appointment was effective Aug. 2, 2004.

Mr. Grant previously was employed by Parsons Corp. in Atlanta, where he managed road and highway infrastructure projects valued at $10 million for clients such as the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta.

Prior to his employment with Parsons, he held numerous managerial and administrative positions with the city of New Orleans, most recently as chief administrative officer. Mr. Grant also served as planning manager for the Port of New Orleans and director of capital projects for the New Orleans Downtown Development District. Mr. Grant is a certified city manager and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans.

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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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     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?

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