BESE Member Biographical Summary

Dr. Lurie Thomason
BESE At-Large Representative

Dr. Lurie Thomason is an assistant professor at Grambling State University since 1995. He was appointed to BESE by Governor Edwards in January of 2016. Prior, he has served on two National Criminal Justice Boards. He has earned several awards for teaching and advising students to include Owens/Bell National Award in 2002 for outstanding student advising and development. Five times he has been nominated by students to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and has been Criminal Justice faculty of the year. Dr. Thomason earned the Doctor of Juris Prudence from the University of Alabama in 1989, and the Master of Education Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has done further study for the doctor of education at University of North Texas and Grambling State University. He is a four year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has a son Hezekiah and a daughter DeAnna. Research interest and service have included mentoring disadvantaged youth at Louisiana Swanson Correctional Center in Monroe and for Monroe City Court where he received a mentor of the month award.