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Panelist Bio


Walter Lee
BESE Board member and DeSoto Parish School Board Superintendent

Walter Lee is the longest serving member of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). He is an elected member representing 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana and presently serves as vice-president of the board. Walter also is superintendent of schools in DeSoto parish and previously served as Superintendent in Caddo parish. He is completing his 30th year as a school superintendent.

He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business and 40 graduate credits in educational leadership.

His many awards includes the state school business leader of the year and state superintendent of the year. He served as president of the La. Assn. of School Business Officials, state Superintendents Assn., and the La. Assn. of School Executives.

For many years Mr. Lee has served on school funding committees at both the state and national level.

He is married to Connie Terral Lee and they have one son and one grandson.

Current Topic


     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state?
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

Robyn Merrick will host.
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