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UL Lafayette To Honor Kathleen Blanco With Public Policy Center

Even after she stepped into the history books as Louisiana’s first female governor, Kathleen Blanco is continuing to leave her mark.

The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center is coming to the third floor of the Dupre Library.

“Governor Blanco feels that this is a very important part of her legacy,” said Dr. Jordan Kellman, Dean of Liberal Arts at UL Lafayette.

The new policy center is inspired by the former governor’s career.

“There is the public policy research component and also the archives of the former governors papers,” Kellman.

Blanco’s records from her tenure as governor will be available to the public for research.

“For her, this center is a natural extension into the future,” said Kellman.

The center is also strongly influenced by governor Blanco’s vision.

“Public service and public funds can go to improving lives for everyone in the State of Louisiana,” said Kellman.

Kellman says the center’s purpose is to help solve real world problems of people in Louisiana through research and analysis.

“Especially in the areas that were of most concern to Governor Blanco,” said Kellman.

The new policy center will join the Ernest Gaines Center and the Center for Louisiana Studies on the third floor of the University’s library.

“Both centers are also connected to the College of Liberal Arts. They are doing great work in the community,” said Kellman.

Construction for the center will start in January of 2019.