Commissioner of higher education to serve as graduation speaker

Feb 22, 2012 | General News

Louisiana Tech will hold its winter commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the Thomas Assembly Center. Dr. Jim Purcell, Louisiana’s commissioner of higher education, will serve as keynote speaker.
Dr. Jim Purcell

Dr. Jim Purcell

Purcell supervises the operations of the Board of Regents and represents the state’s post-secondary education community at the local, state and national levels. In his position, he also will implement the Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas (GRAD) Act as well as the Performance-Based Funding Formula.
Purcell has spent more than 25 years working with education and economic development in five states and has experience working in two-year, four-year, public and private colleges. Additionally, he has extensively worked in implementing academic program review, academic program development, program entrance requirements, course evaluations, grade distributions, student retention, and graduation and student placement.
Purcell received his bachelor’s in public administration from Auburn University, a master’s in counseling from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and his Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.
Winter quarter will officially conclude with graduation. Classes for the spring quarter will begin Wednesday, March 7.