Hometown: New Orleans
David Tatman was one of six freshman members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board when Superintendent Bernard Taylor was hired in 2012 after a contentious seven-month search. As the new-look board seeks Taylor’s replacement this year, Tatman hopes to do things a little differently.
“The last time, we took more of a shotgun approach,” he says. “It was: ‘Anybody who’s interested in this job, come talk to us.’”
While the board may still advertise nationally and hire a search firm, he says members ought to go out and target people whom they want to interview. Tatman says he’s looking for a “CEO type” who can engage the community and foster partnerships with the private sector. He says Taylor has struggled with the public relations side of the job, but he adds that Taylor became superintendent “at a difficult time” when people in disparate parts of the district are clamoring for their own school systems.