State USDA director introduced to community

In a reception held at St. Matthew Baptist Church Saturday, Dec. 12, Clarence Hawkins, state director of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development met with community and religious leaders from Rapides and Grant parishes.

Dr. Joe S. Green and St. Matthew Baptist Church hosted the reception for Hawkins, who President Obama appointed to the post upon Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana’s recommendation. Hawkins attended the reception with his wife, Barbara.

Hawkins served as Mayor of Bastrop from 1989 to 2009. Previously, he spent 20 years in the Morehouse Public School System serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Principal, Curriculum Supervisor, and Co-Director of Personnel. Hawkins has served on numerous Boards including the Louisiana Housing and Community Development Advisory Task Force, the Louisiana Municipal Association, and the National Conference of Black Mayors. Hawkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Grambling State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Northeast Louisiana University.

Hawkins leads an agency that invested $640.5 million in the state last year to improve the economic stability of rural areas.

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