Louisiana School Boards Association Exec. Dir. Scott Richard Honored for Leadership in Public Education

August 20, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (August 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Scott M. Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), as the winner of the 2015 Thomas Shannon Award for Excellence. The Shannon Award, established in 1997 in honor of former NSBA Executive Director Thomas A. Shannon, is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies, and school communities. Richard will be presented with the award at the Summer Leadership Seminar, August 22, in Chicago, Illinois.

“In less than three years, Scott has helped transform LSBA through effective leadership and a great sense of resolve,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “His work has earned tangible victories for public schools and reestablished LSBA as the leading advocate for public education in Louisiana.”

Prior to joining LSBA as executive director, Richard has served as a teacher, administrator, and an elected school board member. “Richard’s entire professional life has been dedicated to public education, and continuous efforts to improve student outcomes,” said LSBA President Russ Wise. “Since his appointment as Executive Director, Scott has been instrumental in fighting for legislation to help increase funding for public schools and remove obstacles to better teaching and learning.” 

In 2013, Richard worked with the LSBA Board of Directors, school board members statewide, superintendents, school administrators, teachers, and businesses in pushing Louisiana legislators to increase funding for its public school systems for the first time in over six years. In 2014, he worked successfully to secure another general funding increase for Louisiana’s 700,000 public school students, and additional funds directed towards special education and career and technical education programs. In a court case over the expansion of vouchers in Louisiana that garnered national media coverage, Richard coordinated with NSBA resulting in the filing of an amicus (friend of the court) brief. The case culminated with the Louisiana State Supreme Court siding with public education advocates in ruling the legislation to expand vouchers unconstitutional. 

Most recently, Richard was appointed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to serve as a member of the Louisiana Education Television Authority, where he can contribute to a wide array of initiatives for improving public education in Louisiana. Richard was also recently asked to serve as a member of the Liaison Committee that is part of the Organization of State Association Executive Directors. 

With a history dating back to 1938, LSBA represents school board members in 69 local systems and is dedicated to the common goal of improving student performances. Learn more about LSBA at

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