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May 12, 2003

Savoie to Speak at ULM Spring 2003 Commencement

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will hold the Spring 2003 Commencement on Sat., May 17, 2003 at 2 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Louisiana, will deliver the commencement address.

Dr. Savoie has been the Commissioner of Higher Education in Louisiana since 1996. He has served higher education in Louisiana for over two decades. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he held various positions as a campus administrator and faculty member.

Dr. Savoie has played a significant role in the major postsecondary education reform initiatives now taking place in Louisiana, including the restructuring of higher education governance, the creation of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, teacher education reform initiatives, a new state Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education, and the promotion of collaboration and cooperation within the entire education community. Under his leadership, financial support for public postsecondary education has increased significantly.

Dr. Savoie holds a Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership/Administration) from Columbia University's Teachers College. He received both his Master's of Education (Educational Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts/Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

He is active in several church, community and professional organizations. As Commissioner of Higher Education, he serves on a variety of educational commissions and committees.

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