Wayne Rickard FEMA, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator
Wayne Rickard has been with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 26 years, serving variously as emergency analyst, hazard mitigation officer, field office director, regional operations center director and communications chief.
As the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator in Louisiana, Rickard promotes federal, state, tribal and private sector collaboration in long-term recovery.
In 2002, Rickard was named a Truman Scholar. He was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in 2003 and has served as the Department of Homeland Security’s liaison in London.
Rickard holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial and strategic management from the University of North Texas. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
In 2013, he completed the Master’s Program in Homeland Security Studies at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Born in Ohio and raised in Alabama, Rickard lives in North Texas.
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.
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