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May 27, 2008

Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs announces new Executive Director: Dr. James Bulot

James Bulot, Ph.D., was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as the new Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs.

The overall mission of the office is to serve as the focal point for the development, implementation, and administration of the public policy that addresses the needs of the state’s elderly citizens.

A faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 2002, Bulot also served ULM as the Head of the Department of Gerontology, Sociology and Political Science and the Endowed Professor of Gerontology.

Provost Stephen Richters, Ph.D., expressed his appreciation for Bulot's many contributions to ULM.

"Dr. Bulot's commitment to excellence has resulted in significant academic achievements in our Gerontology program. We know he will serve Gov. Jindal well. All of his colleagues at ULM wish him the best."

Bulot was instrumental in developing the first online gerontology degree offered in Louisiana and steered the ULM Gerontology Program to be the first nationally accredited gerontology graduate program in the United States in Long Term Care Administration.

He also taught one of the only academic courses in elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in the nation.

Since returning to Louisiana, he has served as the Secretary of the Region 8 Healthcare Redesign Consortium, hosted numerous healthcare forums in North Louisiana and across the state, written model legislation on health and long term care, and participated in the creation of the North Delta Human Services District.

In 2006, he was certified by the Iberia Parish Sheriffs Office regional skills training academy as an elderly service officer.

Bulot, originally from Port Sulphur, received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Psychology where he also minored in English, Computer Studies and Aging; he received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where his academic foci were statistics, research methods and public policy.

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