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Carey alumnus named Louisiana Superintendent of the Year

William Carey University alumnus W. L. “Trey” Folse III has been named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE). This award is given each year to a superintendent who demonstrates strong leadership and excellence in education. 
 
Folse graduated from Carey in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a minor in coaching. He also received a Master of Education in physical education from Carey in 1985. Folse played basketball for the Crusaders and was Coach Steve Knight’s first-ever graduate assistant coach from 1982 to 1984. 
 
Folse has been an educator for 32 years, serving the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for his entire career. He has dedicated his life to the education of children, and works daily to make sure that Every Child, Every Day is not just the motto of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System but is put into action so that every child gets the best education possible based on their individual needs.
 
“This is a wonderful honor, and I am humbled to be recognized by my peers from across the state of Louisiana,” said Folse. “I know that providing the education for our future generation is a tremendous responsibility, but I also see it as an awesome privilege. As educators, we must ensure that we are working together to meet the needs of every child on a daily basis.” 
 
Folse is a native of St. Tammany Parish and graduated from Slidell High School in 1977. He returned to the district as a teacher and coach in 1985 at Salmen High School. He is active in the academic community serving recently on the Governor’s Committee on K-12 Education Transition Advisory Team, as the past Region II Chairman of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and on the NFUSSD Board of Directors. In the St. Tammany Community, Folse serves on the boards of the St. Tammany West and the East St. Tammany Chambers of Commerce as well as the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany.
 
“It’s an honor to have Trey Folse represent our group and the state of Louisiana. He is not only qualified and capable but also honorable and dependable. Through Trey’s leadership, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System has grown and improved,” said LASE Executive Director Rogers Pope. “Trey also looks beyond his district to help others. Through his school system’s flood fundraiser earlier this year, he helped to raise $330,000 that assisted thousands of Louisiana students get back to school with the necessary resources. Trey saw a need and stepped up to help. That’s just the kind of leader we want representing our state.”