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Natchitoches names Tri-Centennial manager

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NATCHITOCHES, La. -

The Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Executive Committee appointed Ron McBride as the Tri-Centennial Manager.

McBride will oversee planning and implementation of events, marketing, fundraising and Tri-Centennial logistics for the Celebration year that begins with a kick-off event in November.

McBride works under the direction of the executive committee (appointed by the Historic District Development Commission) and members of the Calendar of Events Committee.

"The Tri centennial Steering Committee is very pleased and excited to welcome Ron as the official Tri centennial Events Manger. His enthusiasm and experience are what we needed to plan a banner year for Natchitoches," said Cynthia Sutton, Executive Director of the Cane River National Heritage Area.

McBride is a retired Professor of Educational Technology Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at Northwestern State University. He held the Melba Law Steeg Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Educational Technology Leadership.

During his tenure he directed the first distance learning program at the University, and was Department Head in Journalism. He returned to Louisiana to work at the Louisiana School For Math, Science and the Arts, as part of its original faculty. (He received a grant to expand Telelearning: Project Outreach a project that delivered 13 high school classes to 140 rural schools in Louisiana, the forerunner to the Louisiana Virtual High School.)

McBride began his career at Dalton College in Dalton, Georgia, a unit of the University of Georgia System. He holds a Ph. D in Communications/Instructional Media Management from Georgia State University.

McBride is active in the community and is a member and past-president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, the Natchitoches Rotary Club and the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society.

The Tri-Centennial Celebration in Natchitoches officially begins in January and runs through December, 2014.

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