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Panelist Bio


James D. Garvey, Jr.
BESE Board President

In 2007 Mr. Garvey was elected to serve a 4 year term on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), representing District 1, which covers all of St Tammany Parish, roughly the East Bank of Jefferson Parish, and the Lakefront, MidCity and Uptown areas of Orleans Parish.

In 2008 and 2009 he served as Chair of the State Authorized School Oversight Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. In 2010 he served as co-Chair of the School Innovation and Turnaround Committee and as a member of BESE’s Accountability Commission. He continued to serve as co-Chair of the School Innovation and Turnaround Committee through 2016.

In 2011 he was elected as the Vice-President of the board. Also in 2011, he was re-elected to serve a second 4 year term on BESE. In 2012 he was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the board. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was elected to consecutive 1 year terms as Vice-President of the board. Also in 2015 he was re-elected to serve a third 4 year term on BESE. In 2016 Mr. Garvey was elected as the President of the board.

He graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1987, and a Law degree and a Masters in Business Administration in 1991. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, on In-Active status. He works for the regional law firm of Hailey-McNamara, with a primary practice in commercial insurance defense.

His civic activities include current or recent service on the boards of directors of the Metropolitan Battered Women’s Program, the Jefferson Community Foundation, the Jefferson Business Council, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Council.

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