Postsecondary Inclusive Education Advisory Council

During the 2022 legislative session, the legislature approved ACT 682 to establish an advisory council to advise the board regarding inclusive programs and methods to fund and expand inclusive programs in the state. The council shall oversee:

      • The creation, operation, and expansion of inclusive programs.
      • Technical assistance in creating or expanding inclusive programs.
      • Dissemination of information on inclusive programs in Louisiana to students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and the parent or guardian of the students.

Advisory Council Meetings

2023 Meetings

2022 Meetings

Advisory Council Members

Member Title
Dr. Gerlinde Beckers Director, Lions Connected, Southeastern
Dr. Mary Breaud Associate Professor of Education, Nicholls
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed Commissioner of Higher Education
Brittany Soden Director, LSU Alexandria SPERO
Dr. Dan Bureau Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellbeing, LSU A&M
President Dennis J. Shields President-Chancellor, Southern University System
Dr. Jeannine Kahn Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, UL System
Dr. Willie Smith Chancellor, Baton Rouge Community College
Amy Deaville Executive Director, Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
Melisa Bayham Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Gerald “Mitch” Dillon Alumnus of an Inclusive Program
Johnny Manela Parent of a Student who graduated from an Inclusive Program
Katherine Granier Acting Superintendent, Louisiana Special School District


The Master Plan


To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity.  Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.


Master Plan for Higher Education