Thursday, April 18, 2024

Governor-elect Jeff Landry Announces Key Appointments to DOTD and BESE

by BIZ Magazine

In a significant move towards enhancing Louisiana’s transportation and education sectors, Governor-elect Jeff Landry has unveiled key appointments to crucial positions. Terrence (Joe) Donahue, Jr. is set to take on the role of Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), while Judy Armstrong, Simone Champagne, and Conrad Apple have been appointed as members of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Jeff Landry expressed confidence in the appointees’ ability to drive positive change in the state, saying, “We all know Louisiana’s roads and education are not what they should be. I am confident that today’s appointments to DOTD and BESE will help improve our state and put Louisiana on a path to success.”

Terrence (Joe) Donahue, Jr. – Secretary of DOTD: In response to his appointment, Joe Donahue expressed deep honor and commitment, “I am deeply honored by the trust Governor-elect Landry has placed in me as the incoming Secretary of DOTD. As Secretary, I will do my utmost to confront Louisiana’s transportation and infrastructure challenges head-on, and I am excited and optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Judy Armstrong – BESE Member: Judy Armstrong, appointed as a member of BESE, expressed humility and eagerness to contribute to the advancement of education in Louisiana. “I strive to serve others, personally and professionally, and this is an incredible opportunity to do so. I look forward to working collaboratively with Governor Landry, Louisiana Department of Education, and other BESE members on efforts that support the advancement of education for our students, teachers, and administrators,” Armstrong said.

Simone Champagne – BESE Member: Simone Champagne conveyed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve on BESE, emphasizing her belief in quality education for all children. “I am honored and humbled for the opportunity Gov. Elect Landry has given me to serve as an appointed member of BESE. I believe all children deserve a quality education, and implementing great policy is key! I look forward to working with our Governor, Legislators, and all stakeholders to ensure quality education is a priority.”

Conrad Apple – BESE Member: Conrad Apple highlighted the significance of education as a top priority for the state. He emphasized the need for high standards, accountability, and parental choice to bring about positive changes in Louisiana’s education outcomes. “When these are applied with vigor and consistency, Louisiana will, over time, join the growing southern states and reverse the tide of out migration of our best and brightest,” Apple said.

These appointments reflect Governor-elect Jeff Landry’s commitment to addressing critical issues and driving progress in Louisiana’s infrastructure and education landscape. The newly appointed officials bring a wealth of experience and dedication to their respective roles, signaling a promising trajectory for the state’s future.

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