Dr. Owen Bush
Owen C. Bush, son of Clinton C. and Frances Compton Bush, was born in Macon, Georgia on Sept. 23, 1946. The oldest of two sons of a career Air Force serviceman, he attended schools throughout the United States before graduating in 1964 from Lompoc High School in Lompoc, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in History from Florida State University in 1968, and earned a Master of Arts in Education (1972) and Specialist degree in Educational Administration (1978) from the Citadel in Charleston, SC. He received his Doctorate degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Carolina in 1986.
Dr. Bush married the former Jewell Ballentine of St. Stephen, SC, and they had one daughter, Amber.
After graduating from Florida State University, he taught reading, english, and social studies at the elementary and high school levels in a rural South Carolina school. After receiving his Master's degree he went on to serve as a Principal and Assistant Superintendent. Prior to coming to Lafayette, Dr. Bush had been Superintendent of several districts in South Carolina and New York. Before he was appointed Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools on July 1, 1995, Dr. Bush served as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Personnel, and Facilities for the school system.
Dr. Bush was a member of many professional, civic, and fraternal organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
John Earl Guidry was President of the School Board at the time of Dr. Bush's appointment.