Centenary leader selected as 2020 Louisiana Governor’s Fellow
Patrick Riley (Alpha Iota–Centenary ’19), a political science senior, was chosen for the 2020 Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government. The Program is an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government, and earn three hours of academic credit.
The extensive application process included personal and professional letters of recommendation, an essay, and three interviews, one being with Governor John Bel Edwards’s chief of staff.
“Being at a Centenary, I have close interaction with very highly respected professionals who are active in their fields. This a huge advantage of a Centenary education and one that I am very grateful for,” Patrick said. “I was motivated to apply for the fellowship due to the prestige of the program and my desire to make Louisiana, the state that I love, better.”
Each Fellow will be assigned to a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by collaborating with agency leaders on existing projects, observing firsthand the Governor’s leadership strategies and learning how state policies are developed. A native of Baton Rouge, Patrick began the Fellowship in early June and was assigned to the Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC).
“I have been extremely impressed with the integrity and professionalism with which the entire Governor’s staff works,” Patrick said. “After law school, I want to serve my state or country in a way that allows its citizens to amplify and better realize the voice that they have in our political system. I think that our current governor, John Bel Edwards, has done a phenomenal job of this and I could not be more humbled and honored to work in his administration. I hope to take what I learn working with the impressive staff that he has assembled to continue the progress that he has made for our great state.”
Patrick is part of the Public Interest Law Scholar Program at Louisiana State University, a member of the men’s soccer team, Number III of the Alpha Iota Chapter, and Honor Court at Centenary. He plans to attend law school after graduating from Centenary.