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Panelist Bio


Tina Holland, Ph.D.
President, Our Lady of the Lake College

Dr. Tina S. Holland is the new President of Our Lady of the Lake College. She joined the Institution on April 22, 2014.

For nearly a century, Our Lady of the Lake College has blessed Louisiana with over 6,500 healthcare providers. To meet the increasing public health demands of a changing population and to address the shortages occurring in the healthcare professional ranks, the College is expanding its current program offerings.

Previously Dr. Holland served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She began her career at Holy Cross in 1993 as an Associate Professor in the Math Department, and spent over twenty years at the campus. Holland also designed, implemented and directed the college's Conditional Acceptance Program (CAP) – a developmental advising program for at-risk freshmen.

Dr. Holland earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana State University and received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Before attending graduate school she graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an aviation intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps.

She is an avid fan of minor league baseball, a historian of major league baseball and is active with the Society for American Baseball Research.

For 29 years she has been married to Peter, who was also in the Marine Corps. They have four grown children.

Current Topic


     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication 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.

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