buddy mincey

Denham Springs School Board member Buddy Mincey Jr. takes the oath of office from District Judge Doug Hughes on Thursday, Jan. 10, at a special swearing-in ceremony at the school system Central Office. Mincey, who begins his fourth term on the board, was elected the board’s president. With him are his wife, Michelle and their daughters Megan, Madison and Morgan.

LIVINGSTON – Buddy Mincey Jr., of Denham Springs was elected president of the Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday, Jan. 10, by his fellow board members. Mincey represents District 5 and is beginning his fourth term on the board.

David “Bo” Graham, of Walker, was elected vice president. He is beginning his second term in office and represents District 7.

“I am deeply honored to have the trust and confidence of my fellow board members to serve as their president,” Mincey said. “I have been privileged to grow up with parents and family members, who taught me to care about others and seek ways to make a positive difference. 

“I have strived to continue that philosophy as a School Board member, and I will certainly do my best to continue this philosophy as board president.”

The election of president and vice president was the first official act of business taken by the newly sworn-in board, which includes four new members: Brad Sharp of Livingston, District 1; Bradley Harris of Denham Springs, District 4; Frank Parrino of Springfield, District 8; and Devin Gregoire of Albany, District 9. 

Returning members include Kellee Hennessy-Dickerson, of Watson, District 2; Jan Benton, of Denham Springs, District 3; Jeff Cox, of Walker, District 6; as well as Mincey and Graham.

Returning members were all re-elected to the seats without opposition.

Mincey has served as the board’s vice president for the past eight years.  He replaces board member Malcolm Sibley. 

Sibley, who represented District 1, did not seek re-election in the fall.

“I am proud to be a part of the positive growth and success of Livingston Parish public schools,” Mincey said. “Every person in this system is committed to our students receiving a quality education.

"I want to thank Superintendent Rick Wentzel for his leadership, and our many employees, parents and community leaders who work collectively to benefit our children.”

A graduate of Denham Springs High and Southeastern Louisiana University, he is employed as a safety, health and environmental director for Volks Constructors.

Mincey is a graduate of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Livingston program, and serves on the Advisory Committee for SLU’s Department of Industrial Technology.

Mincey is the son of the late Buddy Mincey Sr., who served 16 years as a parish councilman. 

Mincey is married to Michelle Farmer Mincey, a teacher at Seventh Ward Elementary for the past 27 years.

 They have three daughters: Morgan, a graduate of SLU’s Nursing School; Madison, a SLU student majoring in education; and Megan, an LSU student studying animal science.

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