01 Dec 2008
New School for New OrleansTopics:
Among those honored this year by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans was John Alford (MBA ’01), the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported (September 19, 2008). Alford is CEO of NOLA 180, a nonprofit charter-management organization designed to turn around failing schools.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, Alford was teaching at a charter school in Baltimore. He moved to the Big Easy, where he founded and is “school leader” of the Langston Hughes Academy, a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school that expects to expand to 350 students by next year. “Everyone here realizes for New Orleans to change its course, the schools need to be high-performing,” Alford told USA Today (July 23, 2008).
Class of MBA 2001, Section C