Baton Rouge, La. (May 22, 2020) Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Senior Vice President for Economic Competitiveness Liz Smith issued the following statement today in response to the decision on finalists for the EBR Superintendent position:

“We’re enthusiastic about the two finalists chosen by the EBR School Board to interview for the role of our community’s next Superintendent. Ms. Leslie Brown and Dr. Nakia Towns are incredibly strong candidates, with extensive experience leading dramatic improvement in students’ academic achievement. The two candidates’ first round interviews revealed in both a drive for equitably serving students and families across East Baton Rouge, an innovative mindset, and a belief in Baton Rouge’s education potential. Both leaders also participated in a national program called Chiefs for Change, which has helped identify and develop the skills of education’s rising stars on a national level. In this unprecedented time, in which our community and its children are experiencing extreme uncertainty, choosing a bold and capable leader is absolutely paramount. The school board and this community should take pride in the remarkable talent that has been attracted to the Superintendent’s position. The two finalists are impressive women, and we look forward to learning more details about their COVID response and education transformation plans in the coming weeks.”

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.        

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