LT. GOV. LANDRIEU NAMES NEW APPOINTMENTS -- 07/03/2008
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 3, 2008
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU NAMES NEW APPOINTMENTS
Pam Breaux to Serve as Acting Secretary
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today new appointments within the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. Pam Breaux has been named as acting Secretary of the Department, and Scott Hutcheson will replace Breaux as Assistant Secretary for Cultural Development.
"This is an exciting time for the Department, as we continue our integrated approach to growing jobs through tourism and culture. Pam is a gifted administrator, and has been instrumental in many of our important efforts including the Main Street Initiative, the World Cultural Economic Forum and the Cultural Economy Initiative, where she worked side by side with our cultural stakeholders and the tourism industry," said Lt. Gov. Landrieu. "Scott's experience in creating public-private partnerships and in developing the cultural economy will help guide this department and foster a culture of innovation."
Breaux, a Lafayette native, has served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cultural Development since 2004. She is also Secretary of the Board for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Vice President of Programs for the Southern Arts Federation, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center.
"Having worked with Pam on a number of occasions, I know that she is extremely talented and very passionate about her work," said Barry Erwin, president and CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana. "With her experience, she will do a great job in leading the department."
Hutcheson most recently served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. This foundation was launched as of the Lt. Governor's Cultural Economy Initiative and was designed to serve as a catalyst for growth within the state's burgeoning cultural economy. The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation has raised $2 million to date and distributed grants to 450 artists, cultural organizations and businesses.
As Assistant Secretary of Office of Cultural Development, he will oversee a variety of programs, including historic preservation, arts development, archaeology and cultural economic development.
"Scott's efforts have always exceeded our highest expectations," said Gerri Hobdy, Director of Partnership Relations for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. "His focus and dedication are second to none. We look forward to working with him in his new role."