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Panelist Bio


Tim Barfield
Executive Counsel, La. Dept. of Revenue

T.A. “Tim” Barfield, Jr. currently serves as the Executive Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Prior to his current post, he served as Chief Development Officer for Amedisys. Prior to Amedisys, Mr. Barfield served as Executive Counsel to Governor Jindal and as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

At the Workforce Commission, Barfield helped redesign the state’s workforce development system by working closely with business leaders, higher education leaders and the Louisiana Economic Development. Barfield also formed the Workforce Investment Council, which is made up of business and industry leaders who work to better align the needs of businesses and industry with the state’s education and training efforts.

Barfield previously served the Shaw Group Inc., in several roles, including as President and Chief Operating Officer, President of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Senior Vice President for Special Projects, President of Shaw APP, Inc., and Secretary & General Counsel. He has also served as the Managing Director of Shaw Group U.K. Limited and as a corporate attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, Texas.

Barfield has a bachelor’s of science in business administration and a law degree from LSU. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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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