College of Education and Human Development

College of Education and Human Development


2007 Distinguished Alumnus: Louis Joseph


louis josephLouis Joseph has had a distinguished 35 year career in education and retired in May of 2007 as superintendent of the Tangipahoa Parish School System before working as Supervisor for Child Welfare and Attendance for Tangipahoa Parish Public Schools in Amite.  

Mr. Joseph received his master's degree and "plus-30" from Southeastern in 1974 and 1976, respectively.


He began his more than three-decade career in education at Westside Middle School in Amite, where he taught for six years before moving as principal to Hammond Eastside Elementary.

In 1990, Joseph joined the school system's administration as supervisor for child welfare and attendance. He advanced to other administrative positions, including administrative director of school administration and assistant superintendent of administration and staff development.

In 2003, he was chosen as superintendent of the entire Tangipahoa Parish School System.

A Vietnam veteran who served as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne,  Mr. Joseph also served in the Louisiana Army National Guard's 205th Engineering Battalion for 35 years and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Mr. Joseph served his alma mater by serving on the Southeastern Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has also been an active member of the governing boards of Olive Baptist Church, First community Bank and the Louisiana Association of School Executives.


He and his wife Rose, also an educator, reside in Independence, Louisiana.