Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Names Anwar Nasir as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) recently announced that Anwar Nasir—a celebrated leader at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Omaha Symphony, and Atlanta Ballet and a coveted speaker at national arts and music conferences—has been named the organization’s next Executive Director, effective July 19. “We...

Dr. Beverly Wright appointed to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

President Biden recently announced members of a new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, naming New Orleanian Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, as one of several renowned environmental justice leaders appointed to the WHEJAC to support his whole-of-government approach to addressing...

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber Names New Executive Director and 2021 Board of Directors

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (NORBCC) officially announced that LaVerne Toombs has been named the new executive director. Toombs brings more than 20 years of experience in local and federal government, nonprofit, PR/marketing, fundraising, grant writing and business development.“I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity to serve...

Dillard Grad, Medill Journalism Master’s Student Selected as Inaugural Reuters-NABJ Fellowship Recipient

Medill, in partnership with Reuters and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the awarding of a fellowship to India Walton (MSJ21) of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Walton will receive more than $40,000 in tuition and credits for the 2020-2021 academic year funded...

People on the Move

Xavier University Pharmacy Dean to help lead American Heart Association Kathleen Kennedy, PharmD to serve on regional board of directors Kathleen Kennedy, PharmD was elected to the American Heart Association Southeast Board of Directors. Dr. Kennedy will serve on the board during the Association’s 2019-2020 fiscal year. The American Heart...

Delgado Welcomes New Chancellor

Earlier this month, Delgado Community College welcomed a new chancellor, Larissa Littleton-Steib, Ph.D. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors selected Littleton-Steib, who previously served as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, for the Delgado position in April.  “I want to congratulate Dr. Littleton-Steib on her...

Byron R. LeCounte named OPSO Chief of Corrections

Byron R. LeCounte was recently named Chief of Corrections at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Chief LeCounte, who previously served as a major at the Atlanta city jail, is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Orleans Justice Center.  He reports to Independent Compliance Director Darnley Hodge. Director Hodge said,...

LSU Professor, Former New Orleans PR professional named 2018 Scripps Howard Foundation’s Teacher of the Year

Jinx Broussard LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Jinx Coleman Broussard, Ph.D. was named the 2018 Scripps Howard Foundation’s Teacher of the Year. The national competition recognizes excellence in teaching in several areas, including innovative teaching practices, influence on curriculum, mentoring of students and faculty scholarship as it relates to teaching,...