Colloquia speaker Dr. Rod Paige

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education.

The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series continued last week with special guest Dr. Rod Paige, who spoke on the topic of “The Future of Higher Education in America.”

Dr. Paige served as the United States Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.  During his tenure, he helped create the No Child Left Behind Act, which was based in part on his work as a superintendent in the Houston Independent School District. The son of public school educators, Dr. Paige earned his bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. He was the first African American and the first school superintendent to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, and he recently served as the interim president at Jackson State University.

In other news on campus, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting a dodgeball tournament on the Quad from 3 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, October 17. And, the Bologna Performing Arts Center presents Brothers Osborne, an up-and-coming country music group, on Thursday, October 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. In athletic news, the Statesmen football team will play at home against Valdosta State this Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

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