The Tucker Commission is meeting for the first time today with Gov. Bobby Jindal to begin shaping the future of higher education in the state.
“This commission will review all operations of higher education to ensure taxpayer dollars are used effectively in delivering the best education services possible to prepare our citizens for the jobs of tomorrow,” Jindal said in a mid-July announcement. “In reforming our system of higher education along with supporting the flagship agenda at LSU, encouraging more students to begin their degrees at our community and technical schools, and developing unique centers of excellence at our universities, Louisiana will be in a better position to grow the economy and attract more business investment to our state.”
The Postsecondary Education Review Commission was formed through legislation by House Speaker Jim Tucker, hence the so-called Tucker Commission. Its main objective is to help Louisiana’s colleges become more efficient and learn to work under much tighter budget realities that could be felt for the next three years.
For more on the commission and the five outcomes the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans Inc. are urging it to seek, read today’s Advocate story here.
Find a list of who is serving on the commission here.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.