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Panelist Bio

Richard Lipsey
Board of Regents

Richard A. Lipsey, Louisiana State University graduate, 1961; Harvard Business School OPM 1987. Married to Susan Haspel Lipsey; has two daughters, Laurie (Mrs. Mark) Aronson and Wendy Lipsey, and three grandchildren, Anna, Marla and Luke, all who reside in Baton Rouge. While in the Army (1962-64), he served as Aide to the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington and was intensely involved with the funeral of President John F. Kennedy (the only military officer to witness the entire autopsy of the President). Richard returned to Baton Rouge and entered the family business, Steinberg Sports Centers. In 1977, he purchased S & S Wholesale Sporting Goods (now Lipsey’s) and grew it into the nation’s largest firearms distributor. He and his family own Haspel, a major line of men’s tailored clothing that originated in New Orleans in 1909. He is founder and partner in Lipsey Communications, a chain of over 150 wireless phone stores.

Richard serves on several charitable, civic and advisory boards including several at Louisiana State University, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation and Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He has been honored by many organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Ducks Unlimited, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers. Richard received the Golden Deeds Award in 2011 and was honored as Baton Rouge Business Laureate in 2012.

Richard has been a volunteer at Mary Bird Perkins since its inception. He served more than 11 years on the Board of Directors and served as Chairman of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. He was also a founder of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation (formerly the Board of Trust) and served as the original Chairman.

Richard was appointed to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry and subsequently on the State Board of Regents by former Governor Jindal. He served as a co-chair for the transition team for Governor John Bel Edwards. Richard is a longtime higher education leader and has served on the Louisiana Board of Regents since 2013 and currently is serving his second term as its Chair.

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     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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