Allen Reynolds Former State Civil Service Director, Retired State Employees Association Board Member
Allen began his career with the Department of State Civil Service in 1973. He served in several different positions within the Department including Undersecretary and Deputy Director. The State Civil Service Commission appointed him as Director in May 1996, first in an acting capacity and then later as the permanent Director. He served in that position until he retired in May 2005.
Under his leadership the Department and Commission implemented several major changes in the Civil Service program. Partially as a result of these initiatives, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources selected the Department for its Large Agency of the Year Award in 2003.
During his career, Allen was active in several professional organizations. He also served for many years as a member and Chairman of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Public Training Program, the state’s management development program. He received the Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award and the Monte M. Lemann Award in recognition of his contributions to the State of Louisiana.
Following retirement, he became active in the Retired State Employees Association serving first as President of the Baton Rouge Chapter and then later as Executive Director. He currently serves as an at-large member of the Association Board.
Allen and his wife, Flory, have two children and spend as much time as possible with them and their five grandchildren.
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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.
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