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New Orleans, LA – Ron Gardner, Vice-Chancellor for Administrative, Community & Security Affairs at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has been elected to a one-year term as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Downtown Development District (DDD).

The DDD was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 as the nation's first assessment-based business improvement district. Funding comes from a property assessment in the Downtown area, which is further leveraged with state and federal dollars, sponsorships and fund-raising activities. The DDD is governed by an 11-member board of commissioners that guides its policies and programs.

Gardner, who has served in administrative capacities at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans for more than two decades, is also Chairman of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation , Vice-Chairman of the Mayor's Military Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. He serves on the Louisiana Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and has served in various support capacities with the Urban League, NAACP, Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA. He was named as a Young Leadership Council Role Model of the Year (2000). He was an organizer and cofounder of the New Orleans Bowl and is a member of the Executive Committee member of the New Orleans Federal City Project.

Gardner is a former Regional Director for Technical Assistance out of the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the direct supervision of Casper Weinberger. He has served in an advisory capacity to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. He was a very trusted assistant to the late Mayor Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

He has served as Health Planner and Executive Director of the New Orleans Drug Abuse Clinics and was a key planner in the development of medical and dental clinics in the Algiers Fischer Housing Development. He has served as Chairman of the New Orleans Area 1 Selective Service Board, (a 15-year Presidential appointment), a founding member of the Louisiana Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program , National Representative on the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program Advisory Board , President of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Louisiana, Commissioner on the Regional Transit Authority, and Vice-Chairman of the Orleans Parish Private Industry Council.

A New Orleans native, Gardner is a product of the New Orleans Public School System. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Southern University in New Orleans. He also earned a Master’s degree in public health.


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