Gallaspy COEHD to recognize Distinguished Educators, Friends of Education

Northwestern State University
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:42am

Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development selected five alumni of the college to be 2013 inductees into the College’s Hall of Distinguished Educators during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 19. Honorees are Carol H. Hebert of Alexandria, Sally Tanner Namie of Benton, the late Dr. John Basin Robson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. James Rougeau of Branson, Mo., and John R. Williams of Baton Rouge. Honorees must have graduated from Northwestern State’s College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination.

The College has also named two Friends of Education, Dr. Jeanne Burns of Baton Rouge and Dr. Michael Randy Moffett.

Hebert earned a degree in business education in 1971, a master’s in business education in 1980 and Plus 30 in adult education in 1997 at Northwestern State. She began her career teaching computer skills at the high school level in the fast-changing world of technology while sponsoring Future Business Leaders of America organizations at Natchitoches Central High and St. Mary’s School from 1976-1997. She then moved to the Louisiana Community Technical College System and was coordinator of ACT work keys testing for Louisiana Work Ready project. She was also engaged in curriculum development and workforce development and worked with students to provide services and assistance in completing educational goals.

Hebert is currently the chief of staff/special advisor to the chancellor at Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria and is assisting in the transition of the technical college into a comprehensive community college. Prior to that, she was campus dean, chief academic officer and technical division curriculum coordinator at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Natchitoches, having spent several years there in other administrative capacities related to student affairs and workforce development.

Namie graduated from Northwestern State with a double major in elementary education and library science in 1972. She earned a master’s degree in reading at Louisiana State University in 1979 and Plus 30 in instructional supervision at Centenary College, Louisiana Tech, LSU-Shreveport and Northwestern State. She earned a master of library and information science degree from LSU and additional certifications at Louisiana Tech.

Namie has spent her career with the Bossier Parish school system in classroom and administrative capacities and is currently assistant superintendent of curriculum and academic affairs, where she has channeled her love of math to creating programs focused on exposing students to science, technology engineering and math (STEM). She supported STEM curricula for elementary through high school students and is a recognized leader in implementing programs that prepare students for college engineering classes.

Robson, who was born in 1899, earned a teacher’s certificate from the Alabama Normal School in 1920 and Artium Baccalaureus (AB) in chemistry and biology from Louisiana State Normal School, now Northwestern State University, in 1928. He earned a master’s in chemistry and biology at Louisiana State University in 1937 and a Ph.D. in secondary education and psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in 1944.

Robson began his career teaching at West Point, Miss., and was a teacher and principal at Natchitoches High School, Vowell’s Mill, Cloutierville and Robeline until becoming a supervisor in Natchitoches in 1934. He went on to serve as state supervisor and was named Dean of Education at Northwestern State in 1945. He served as head of the Department of Education and Psychology at Northwestern State and Louisiana College and returned to NSU as director of instructional programs and materials for the North Louisiana Supplementary Education Center. Robson passed away in 1968.

Rougeau earned a degree in health and physical education at Northwestern State in 1958, a master’s and specialist degrees in administration and supervision at McNeese State University in 1973 and 1982 and a Ph.D. in administration and supervision at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1989. He began his career as a teacher and coach in Sabine Parish before serving in the U.S. Army from 1958-1980. He returned to the public system as teacher and coach in Calcasieu Parish and served as principal at schools in Sabine, West Feliciana and DeSoto parishes until 2000. Rougeau said his most memorable experience as an educator was training soldiers at the Venezuelan Military Academy, where success or failure in real-life situations depended directly upon the quality and effectiveness of his instruction.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in upper elementary education in 1959 and a master’s in education administration in 1966 at Northwestern State. He taught in Grant and East Baton Rouge parish schools from 1959-66 before joining the staff at Louisiana State University as director of short courses and conferences. In 1977 he was the founding dean of the Division of Continuing Education and from 1982-86 was director of governmental relations for the Louisiana Bankers Association. He later served as executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and as vice chancellor for advancement at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.

Burns is associate commission for Teacher and Leadership Initiatives for the Louisiana Board of Regents. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education with a double major in learning disabilities and mental retardation at the University of West Florida in 1975. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in education in curriculum and instruction majoring in reading and minoring in school psychology at Louisiana State University in 1979 and 1986 respectively.

Burns was a teacher and served and professor of education for many years before joining the Gov. Mike Foster’s staff as a special projects director in 1999. She served under three governors as associate commissioner for Teacher Education Initiatives until joining the Board of Regents staff in 2008. She has been a leader in education reform and redesigning teacher preparation programs to address more rigorous expectations and provide evidence that programs are preparing effective new teachers and leaders.

Moffett earned degree in social studies education with a minor in English at Louisiana Tech University in 1969, a master’s in student personnel service with a minor in psychology at Northwestern State in 1971 and Ed.D. in education administration with a minor in psychology at Louisiana State University in 1980.

Moffett spent many years as a professor and administrator at Southeastern Louisiana University where he served as head of the Department of Education from 1982-87, vice provost from 1994-95, vice president for Planning, Research and Development from 1995-1996 and president from 2001-08. He then served as president of the University of Louisiana System from 2008-2012. The UL System, of which Northwestern State is a member, at the time enrolled 80,000 students and offered more than 600 academic degree programs. As president, Moffett was the representative of the System in addressing the governor, the legislature, the Board of Regents and other state officials. Moffett was inducted into Northwestern State’s Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 2011.

The Hall of Distinguished Educators reception will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 19 in the commons area of the Teacher Education Center as part of the College of Education and Human Development reunion with the ceremony beginning at 10:30. For more information, contact Janet Broadway at (318) 357-6278 or


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