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Panelist Bio


Paul Frey
Louisiana Landowners Association

Paul Frey received an undergraduate degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University in 1974. He was employed by the Louisiana Forestry Commission, Louisiana Office of Forestry and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for over 33 years until retirement on December 28, 2007. His last 18 years of service was as Louisiana State Forester. He was elected President of the National Association of State Foresters in 1997.

Frey was appointed Executive Director of the Louisiana Landowners Association (LLA) on January 1, 2008. He has been appointed by the Governor of LA to the state’s Water Resources Commission & Oilfield Site Restoration Commission and is a registered lobbyist in the state of Louisiana. He represented LLA on both the 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plan Framework Development Team.

Frey is an avid sportsman and is a long time member of CCA, Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited as well as the Louisiana Landowners Association and the Louisiana Forestry Association.

He has received numerous state and federal awards including the Outstanding Alumnus Award from LSU Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Alumni Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, the Current Achievement Award for Leadership in Legislation from the National Association of State Foresters and was elected to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Hall of Fame in 2011.

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

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

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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