Foundation hires former EBR school board member as executive director

A foundation that focuses on educational initiatives to benefit the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, particularly in science and math, has hired a former School Board member, Janet Pace, to serve as its first executive director.

Pace has worked as director of volunteer outreach and later executive director of the Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor since 2006. From 2002 to 2005, she served as on the parish School Board.

“Janet’s experience and enthusiasm for public education, her tireless energy and commitment to linking education with industry, will help advance 21st century education in Baton Rouge and strengthen our community’s vitality,” said Kathryn Kissam, board president for the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.

Pace received a bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University in 1980 and a master’s in public administration from LSU in 2012.

Pace has extensive volunteer experience in the Baton Rouge community, serving on the boards of several local organizations.

“I have always believed that Baton Rouge provides a quality public education for students to compete in the global marketplace,” said Pace. “The foundation board has articulated a strong vision for excellence, and I look forward to working with them to bring that vision to fruition.”

Pat Duhon, the longtime grants coordinator for the school system, now retired, has served as interim executive director since the foundation’s formation in early 2012.