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Panelist Bio


Garret Graves
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Garret Graves is currently the Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.

The CPRA was established after Hurricane Katrina as the state agency leading hurricane protection, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other community resiliency efforts. His efforts to restructure and streamline Louisiana’s coastal programs and agencies resulted in increasing project output by more than 500 percent. The authority currently oversees a $17 billion coastal resiliency, hurricane protection and oil spill recovery program.

In his role as Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities, Graves is Governor Bobby Jindal’s advisor on policy issues related to offshore energy, fisheries, maritime and other uses and conservation of coastal resources.

Prior to joining the State of Louisiana, Graves served as an advisor to Senator John Breaux, Congressman Billy Tauzin, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Most recently, he was the Staff Director of the Climate Change and Impacts Subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he worked with Chairmen Ted Stevens, David Vitter and other senators. During this time, he advised Members of Congress on energy, environment, water resources, transportation, maritime, defense, trade, foreign affairs, and budget issues.

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Graves was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force where he was elected to serve as Vice Chair to Chair Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on long-term recovery and resiliency efforts. Graves is lead trustee for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and directs the state’s oil spill recovery efforts. In this capacity, Graves collaborated with BP, federal agencies and Gulf States to negotiate an unprecedented $1 billion agreement for early restoration oil spill recovery projects in the gulf.

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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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