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SUSLA alum, retired educator scheduled to address SUSLA graduates, May 11 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Marilyn Glover Latin Ollie Tyler
Southern University Shreveport, Saturday, May 11, 2013, will hold two commencement ceremonies for Spring 2013 graduates.
Division of Allied Health and School of Nursing graduation ceremony
will begin at 10 a.m. and the Divisions of Behavioral Sciences and
Education, Business Studies, Humanities and Science, and Technology's
will follow at noon. Both ceremonies will be held in the Health and
Physical Education Center.
The Division of Allied Health and
School of Nursing speaker is SUSLA alumnus Marilyn Glover Latin, RN,
BSN, CRT. Latin is a registered nurse at the Overton Brooks Memorial
Veterans Administration Medical Center in Shreveport.
received her bachelor of science in nursing from Grambling State
University in 2010. Within that same year, Latin was one out of four
candidates chosen throughout the nation for a summer research scholars
nursing internship at Penn State University. In 2009, the Shreveport
Black Nurses Association honored her with a scholarship based upon her
G.P.A. and community services.
Latin received a certification in
clinical phlebotomy from SUSLA. After working as a phlebotomist, she
returned to Southern Shreveport and obtained as associate degree in
respiratory therapy and was named Who's Who among American Junior
Colleges. In 2002, Latin became the respiratory director at Meadowview
Health and Rehab. In 2005, she started her own home health company, SMB
Healthcare Services where she continues to give back to the community.
noon commencement speaker is Ollie Tyler, the first woman and first
African-American to serve as superintendent of Schools for Caddo Parish
and a former administrator with the Louisiana Department of Education.
Caddo Parish native, Tyler received a bachelor of science degree from
Grambling State University, a master of education degree from Louisiana
State University, and completed 42 hours of graduate and post
baccalaureate work above a master's degree at several universities. She
has been an educator for more than 40 years and was appointed to serve
as superintendent of Schools for the Caddo Parish Public School System
with a population of 44,000 students.
Tyler was recognized as
the 2007 Louisiana Superintendent of the Year, received the Shreveport
Times Newspaper Outstanding Leader Award. She was a recipient of the Phi
Delta Kappa National Citation Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for
the Minority Business Council, and the first annual JROTC Louisiana
Superintendent of the Year Award. She received the 2007 Athena Award
for excellence in leadership and service for improving the quality of
life for others in her community. In 2006, Tyler was inducted into the
Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame in North Louisiana. In addition,
she was selected by the Shreveport Times as one of the 10 Most
Influential Women in Northwest Louisiana. She was selected as the New
Orleans Business "Woman of the Year." Tyler was a recipient of Women Who
Make A Difference Award, and she received the Women of Distinction
Leadership Award of the Century in North Louisiana.
on the Governor's Education Transition Team in 2004 and served on the
Governor's Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission from
2007-2011, nationally she served on the Deputies Leadership Commission's
Executive Committee for State Deputies with the Council of Chief State
School Officers. She became president-elect of this Commission in 2011.
Tyler was appointed as deputy superintendent of education for the State
of Louisiana in August, 2007. She also was the first African American to
hold this position. On May 16, 2011, Tyler became the acting state
superintendent of education for Louisiana. In this position, she worked
closely with all 70 local school superintendents in Louisiana, the
Governor's Office, State Legislators, the State Board of Elementary and
Secondary Education, and many other stakeholders, implementing statewide
programs/initiatives to improve the education of approximately 700,000
On January 19, 2012, Tyler retired from the Louisiana
Department of Education. She has spent 43 years in education, serving
the children of Louisiana.