Kevin George picked to lead LSU Lab school

Kevin George ULS LSU

“I am so proud and excited to begin this journey,” said Kevin George who has been named director of LSU Laboratory School.

“The (University Lab School) Community can expect in me an individual who believes in the collective. Together, we can do anything. I look forward to galvanizing our Cub Family to make our school even more outstanding than it is today. I look forward to working tirelessly with our stakeholders to ensure ULS is always at its best.” He said.

George will take over in May as only the 13th head of the school, now in its 106th year. He has more than 21 years of experience in education, including chief executive officer of New Beginnings Charter Management Organization, superintendent of St. John the Baptist Public School System, supervisor of Secondary Curriculum for Lafourche Parish, and Deputy Network Leader with the Louisiana Department of Education. During his time in St. John the Baptist Parish, George increased the district letter grade from a C to a B, making it one of only two districts in the state to achieve such a high grade while serving a student population with more than 86 percent of its students classified as economically disadvantaged.

He has been a principal, assistant principal, and teacher. He most recently served as the chief school accountability officer for New Orleans Public Schools.

While serving in these positions, George also held appointments to several statewide committees, including the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Superintendents’ Advisory Council and the Louisiana Department of Education’s Commission on Assessment and Review and Use in Public Schools (Chair), Advisory Council of Student Behavior and Discipline and the Alternative Education Study Group.

Roland Mitchell, PhD

“I am so pleased to welcome Kevin George as the new Director of LSU Laboratory School,” said LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Dean Roland Mitchell, PhD. “He now joins a short list of exceptional leaders in this school’s history. The depth and breadth of his leadership experience will undoubtedly serve the ULS community well. I look forward to a continuation of and growth in the tradition of excellence for which U-High is known as we begin this new chapter at the dawn of the school’s second century.”

The Crowley, La., native was nationally recognized as the 2016 Save the Music Foundation Superintendent of the Year. It is awarded to only one superintendent or school CEO each year, the honor recognizes outstanding commitment to music education in his or her school district.

After completion of a fellowship with the Southern Education Foundation’s Racial Equity Leadership Network, George has presented at national conferences on topics such as equitable outcomes for all students and building systems to support teaching and learning.

George attended Nicholls State University on a full football scholarship and earned two bachelor degrees and a master’s degree. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in executive leadership from University of Holy
Cross in New Orleans. He and his wife, Schwanda, have been married for 23 years and have three children.

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