Wayne WaddellDirector, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Wayne Waddell is a lifelong resident of Shreveport, La. He graduated from C.E. Byrd High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Sociology from Northeast Louisiana University. After college, he returned to Shreveport where he pursued graduate studies in Accounting at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
In 1970, he started his own framing and artwork business known as Waddell’s Gallery of Distinction. He also owns Louisiana Moulding and Supply and KD Plastics.
Waddell has served in public office as Caddo Parish Commissioner (1992-1996), Justice of the Peace for Louisiana Ward 7 (1996-1997), and Louisiana State Representative (1997-2010). While in the House of Representatives, Waddell served on numerous committees, including Commerce (Vice Chairman), Environment, Health & Welfare, House Executive (Chairman), House & Governmental Affairs, Legislative Bureau (Chairman), and Retirement. In 2008, he became the Dean of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
In July 2010, he was appointed the director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. In addition to serving his community in public office, Waddell has been involved with many different community organizations, including the Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, Independence Bowl Foundation, Louisiana State Fair Board of Trustees, and the Southern High Speed Rail Commission.
Aside from God, the most important things in his life are his wife, Susan, and their two sons, Greg and Riley.
Staff MembersWayne Waddell, Director Rodney Clements, Administrative Program Manager Daphnie Brown, Visitor Information Nita Cole, Curator and Archivist Cindy Grogan, Public Information Officer Dr. Robert Galvan, Education Coordinator Betty Baker, Tour Guide Steve Culbertson, Maintenance Foreman Anthony Harris, Maintenance Repair Johnnie Dickerson, Custodian Pearline Wilson, Janitorial Shane Holly, Maintenance Painter
Recent retirement news and information:
Some of the news coverage of the Salute to Forrest Dunn, retiring LSEM director, on June 27, 2010: From The (Shreveport) Times: Val Horvath's Photos of Dunn Retirement Event and Maggie Martin article, Forrest Dunn leaves Museum with a bang, June 28, 2010 From Tom Pace, Talk of the Town radio program: Podcasts of the 37-minute Forrest Dunn retirement salute and his interview with Secretary of State Jay Dardenne. June 27, 2010 From KTBS-TV Channel 3: Museum Director retires and video , June 27, 2010 From KSLA-TV Channel 12: Standing room only at Dunn Retirement Event, June 27, 2010
Editor's Note: Forrest Dunn, director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, announced that he would retire at the end of June 2010. The following article is from The (Shreveport) Times, May 10, 2010.
Forrest Dunn retiring from Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Forrest Dunn, Immediate Past Director, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
In 1982, state Rep. Forrest Dunn and state Sen. Virginia Shehee founded the Friends of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum to provide a continuous financial base for the Museum. Since then, Mr. Dunn, LSEM director, has worked diligently with the Friends of LSEM to bring numerous nationally recognized exhibits to the Museum and to promote and enhance the outstanding collections, gardens and grounds of this exceptional cultural and historical attraction.
Mr. Dunn became director in 1988 and was instrumental in accomplishing the Museum’s affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, allowing LSEM the distinction of being the only public museum in Louisiana to be so designated. He retired effective July 1, 2010.
Among his community honors have been his selection for the Special Humanitarian Award of the Community Council in 1978 and as a Shreveport Times outstanding leader in the Shreveport-Bossier community in 2002. He is a past president and a current member of the Executive Committee for the Louisiana State Fair Board, past president of Holiday in Dixie, and a former delegate to the White House Conference on the Handicapped. He also served as campaign chairman for the United Way and for the Caddo-Bossier Association of Retarded Citizens. Active in numerous civic affairs, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for 12 years and served on the Caddo Parish School Board and the Shreveport Housing Authority. He was co-founder of the Hap-House and co-chairman of the Caddo-Bossier Committee to Elect President Gerald Ford. For 30 years Mr. Dunn was owner of Dunn Furniture Co., Inc. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. For further information or to contact Museum staff, please call 318-632-2020 or email info@FriendsofLSEM.org.