Alumnus of the Year 2018

Mr. Folse is a native of St. Tammany Parish and a proud graduate of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. He began his career as a Computer Literacy Teacher at Salmen High School and rose through the ranks of the School System serving in many different administrative positions. Mr. Folse was appointed Superintendent of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System in May of 2010 and currently leads the highest ranked large School System in Louisiana with 55 schools, 39,000 students and more than 5,000 employees.

As Assistant Superintendent, I work side by side with him every day in support of our students, employees and stakeholders, and see firsthand the results his efforts have made in our community. Mr. Folse currently serves on the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany Advisory Board and the St. Tammany East Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board. He has previously served on the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. During his time as Superintendent, Mr. Folse has received the Crimestoppers’ Excellence in School Safety and Prevention Award, the Community Service Award from the Covington Branch of the NAACP, the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees “Man with a Mission” Award, the 2008 Bureau of Governmental Research “Excellence in Government” Keller Award for Innovation and the 2012 St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association Award. Superintendent Folse also received recognition as the 2013 Men Who Cook Top Chef Award to benefit Hope House and for his efforts to organize the yearly “Black and Gold” Days within the School System and across the parish to benefit the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany.

Mr. Folse often brings state and national attention to St. Tammany Parish through his work in the academic community. He is currently serving as the President of the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts, also known as NFUSSD. In 2017, he was selected as the Superintendent of the Year for the State of Louisiana. He was previously on the NFUSSD Board of Directors, the Governor’s Committee on K-12 Education Transition Advisory Team, and the recent Region II Chairman of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

As a 2001 graduate of the Leadership St. Tammany, Mr. Folse has used the lessons learned through the program to truly serve his community on every level. As a Superintendent, he is a strong and devoted advocate for the children of St. Tammany Parish, working daily to ensure our schools are preparing every child for a successful future. As a community member, Mr. Folse’s leadership and generous involvement has had an integral role in the continued success of our community as he has continued to dedicate his life to the people of St. Tammany Parish.

Past Alumnus of the Year Recipients

  • 2017 Alumnus of the Year – Tim Lentz
  • 2016 Alumna of the Year – Cheryl Klein
  • 2015 – John Schroder, Sr., Class of 2001
  • 2014 – Glen Villalobos, Class of 1995
  • 2013 – Senator Jack Donahue, Class of 2007
  • 2012 – Malise Prieto, Class of 1997
  • 2011 – Joanne Gallinghouse, Class of 2005
  • 2010 – Frances Dunn, Class of 2009
  • 2009 – Evans Spiceland, Class of 2002
  • 2008 – Maura Donahue, Class of 1997
  • 2007 – Jan Robert, Class of 1997
  • 2006 – John Tobin, Class of 2003
  • 2005 – Pat Brister, Class of 1995
  • 2004 – Peter Link, Class of 2000
  • 2003 – Maria Burkhardt, Class of 1997
  • 2002 – Trilby Lefant, Class of 1997
  • 2001 – Matt Faust, Class of 1994
  • 2000 – Merrill Wautlet, Class of 1998
  • 1999 – McChord Carrico, Class of 1997
  • 1998 – Ed Dillard, Class of 1994