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Panelist Bio

Sen. Norbert Chabert

Senator Norby Chabert was born and raised on Bayou Petite Caillou. He is a proud graduate of South Terrebonne High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Nicholls State University focusing his studies on Government and History.

Norby began his governmental service as an aid and adviser to both Republican and Democrat federal, state, and local officials across Louisiana. Following a successful career in political consulting, he returned home to his alma mater joining the presidents administration at Nicholls as associate director of marketing and development for the University.

In 2009 he resigned that position to enter a special election for an open state Senate seat that was once held by both his father Leonard and brother Marty. In August of that year he won the election and served in the Senate for two years before being re-elected without opposition to a full term in 2011. His district is comprised of most areas of the Houma-Thibodaux region, and all of the coast of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

As a member of the Louisiana Senate, Norby currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, the Judiciary B Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. In addition, Senator Chabert is Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education and also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control.

In his private life Norby is a small business owner with interest ranging from Hospitality and Service, Real Estate Development, and the Oil and Gas Industry. He currently lives in Downtown Houma and is an active member of his community.

Current Topic

     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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