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Panelist Bio


Raymond A. Jetson
CEO, Louisiana Family Recovery Corps

Raymond A. Jetson is the chief executive officer for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps. As CEO, Mr. Jetson leads the coordination of local, state and national efforts to connect disaster-impacted individuals and families with the resources they need to recover and resume their lives.

During Mr. Jetson's tenure, which began in April 2006, the Recovery Corps has served more than 19,000 households impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under Mr. Jetson's leadership, the organization also launched the NOLA Bound call center, which helps displaced New Orleans residents with navigating the myriad of services available to them after the storms, and rolled out the Recovery Corps' Louisiana Bound program, which enables residents to access needed information and resources to return from out of state to communities in Louisiana.

Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Mr. Jetson served as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, where he oversaw the operations of the agency's major offices, including the Offices for Addictive Disorders; Aging and Adult Services; Citizens with Developmental Disabilities; Mental Health; and Public Health; and the Bureau of Internal Audit. Before serving as deputy secretary, he served as the assistant secretary for the Department's Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. As the chief executive for that office, he was primarily responsible for policymaking, planning, and budgeting for developmental disability-related interests with the Department. From 1999 to 2001, as the chief advisor for special populations within the Office of the Secretary, Mr. Jetson coordinated and evaluated proposed policies on disability matters and facilitated departmental initiatives to address deficits in capacity and gaps in service delivery.

From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Jetson served as the state representative for the 61st District of the Louisiana House of Representatives. While in the Legislature, he served on the Health and Welfare, Appropriations, and Joint Budget Committees. He also designed and established the Baton Rouge Community College Office of Special Programs. As its director, he was responsible for the college's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and academic accommodations for students.

Mr. Jetson received bachelors and masters degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his public service, he has served as pastor of Star Hill Baptist Church since 1994. Under his leadership, the congregation has completed a major construction project, more than tripled its membership, and had a greater impact on the Baton Rouge community.

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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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