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Staff at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

Wayne Waddell

Director, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum  

Wayne Waddell 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 Members

Wayne 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 Jerome Horton, Maintenance WAE