Andre Perry announced on April 29 that he has resigned from The University of New Orleans. As Associate Dean of the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development and Chief Executive Officer of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter School Network, he helped guide New Orleans students through a pre-kindergarten through high school educational network in efforts to provide access and placement in postsecondary institutions. His work and leadership in the schools helped the University fulfill its mission of rebuilding neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Perry will join Loyola University early this summer.
Perry stated, "As you can imagine, this is a very emotional decision for me. However, I feel my experiences as associate dean and CEO have prepared me for the next phase of my career." He continued, "I think I represented how a university can involve itself in the community and in school reform."
In addition to his work in Network schools, his headship, scholarship and service made him a national leader in education. UNO Press recently released his new book, The Garden Path: The Miseducation of the City. He was a co-author for the Brooking Institute's New Orleans Index at Five.
As a public intellectual, his views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on National Public Radio and CNN. Through his newspaper column in The Louisiana Weekly, Perry provided political commentary on municipal governments and K-16 leadership and governance in Louisiana. He can also be heard on WWNO 89.9-FM during NPR's "All Things Considered".
In 2010, Perry served on Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu's Transition Team as the co-chair of the Education Taskforce. Perry helped lead a team of local educators and parents develop a set of recommendations that help form Mayor Landrieu's education agenda. He sits on the National Advisory boards of Success for Kids (Governing Board Chair is recording artist Madonna). He also advises several organizations for his research on immigrant educational rights.
In 2008 he was selected as an Effective Leaders Fellow by Duke University's Center for Leadership and Public Values. Fully immersed in the city, Perry also serves on the boards of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, WWNO-FM, and Young Audiences-Arts for Learning. His community-based efforts have earned him accolades and acclaim. Andre Perry received St. Charles Avenue Magazine's 2008 Unsung Hero of the Year Award. He was also selected by New Orleans Magazine as a "Person to Watch." Most recently in 2009, Perry was named as one of Gambit Weekly's "40 under 40."
The University of New Orleans operates a network of public schools that provides a seamless pre-kindergarten through college learning community. The network offers high quality public education to neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina - Lakeview, Gentilly and Pontchartrain Park.
- Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
- Gentilly Terrace Charter School
- Medard H. Nelson Charter School
- Thurgood Marshall Early College High School
- Benjamin Franklin High School*
- Edward Hynes Charter School*
*Supported by Capital One-UNO Charter Network in an advisory capacity.
Images from the official website of UNO Charter Network and Provided courtesy of Andre Perry.
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