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Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association Bestows Highest Honor

Loyola press release - June 1, 2016

Anthony Recasner, Ph.D., is the CEO of the Agenda for Children in Louisiana and 2016 recipient of Loyola Alumni Association’s Adjutor Hominum Award

Anthony Recasner, Ph.D.The Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association bestows its highest award on a man committed to making Louisiana a state in which all children can thrive. The Adjutor Hominum Award honors an outstanding graduate of Loyola whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education—namely moral character, service to humanity, and unquestionable integrity. The 2016 Adjutor Hominum Award will be presented on Sunday to Dr. Anthony “Tony” Recasner, Ph.D.,’82 CEO of the Agenda for Children in Louisiana at the Alumni Association’s Annual Jazz Brunch. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room. Tickets are available at alumni.loyno.edu/weekend.

“He is a man of integrity. I have never known him to use any situation for personal advantage. His thoughts are always for the good of the children of New Orleans,” said longtime friend, Dr. Jane Chauvin, Ph.D., ‘70, a Loyola alumna and director of the Office of Teacher Education at Loyola. “I truly mean it when I say that whatever he does, what’s uppermost in his mind is: How is this going to benefit the youth of New Orleans.”

A native of New Orleans, Recasner took the helm in January 2011 of Agenda for Children, a nonprofit dedicated to improving conditions for Louisiana children, following a 20-year career working to reform public education in New Orleans. Recasner is co-founder of FirstLine Schools, a charter school management organization that opened the city’s first charter school and now operates five charter schools.

Recasner’s work has consistently demonstrated a focus on how to educate disadvantaged children by challenging and engaging them academically, while effectively addressing their social and emotional needs. In his January 2009 farewell address to the nation, U.S. President George W. Bush recognized Recasner for his work and for serving as an example of heroism for all Americans.

A seasoned school administrator, Recasner serves on the Board of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, the Louisiana Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Bureau of Governmental Research, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Recasner also serves on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program (LOP). He holds a master’s and doctorate in school psychology from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans.

“In the post-Katrina educational landscape, Tony Recasner stands out among and public and private school administrators as a tireless, experienced advocate for the students and families of New Orleans,” said Loyola University New Orleans President Emeritus the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J. and others on the nominating committee. “He is seen as the preeminent authority on charter school education in New Orleans, where the city’s schools are part of the largest-scale charter school experiment ever attempted in the U.S.”