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Panelist Bio


Nolton Senegal
Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association

Mr. Nolton Joseph Senegal, Sr., Esq., an attorney and educator, was elected executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association in 2007.

Senegal brings to his position broad and deep experience in public education.

He earned a M.Ed. degree in administration and supervision, and a B.S. in business education and social studies from Southern University and A & M College. He served as president during a twelve and a half year stint on the Acadia Parish School Board, and served two terms as president of LSBA.

Dedicated to working with youth, his classroom experience encompasses teaching second and third grades, and social studies, and business at the high school level. Senegal supervised and counseled high school students in the Job Training Program in Acadia Parish. In addition, he served as a board examiner at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and was, himself, nominated for the Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award. While serving as a school board member he was active in the NSBA Federal Relations program, and chaired the Advocacy Center Board. At the college level, he has served as a notary instructor in the Louisiana Technical Colleges system.

With such a background, Senegal has launched a highly proactive program for LSBA. Emphasis of the change agenda in advancement of legislative initiatives, greater collaboration with other state and local associations, and a dynamic new school board member-training program.

Prior to his election to the helm of LSBA, Senegal was an attorney practicing with the Acadiana Legal Services Corporation. He holds a Jurist Doctor degree from Southern and is Past Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Committee. He also served as Chairman of one of the Louisiana State Bar Association-Disciplinary Committees for two consecutive terms and is currently serving as a Probation Monitor. Senegal also is very active in religious affairs serving as a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

Current Topic


     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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