Dr. Howard Stroud
Nominee for 2010 Samaritan of the Year Award
Dr. Howard Stroud has spent his life giving the gift of learning to students in grade school, high school and college levels. He served as principal of Barbe High School and Western Heights Elementary while also working with McNeese State University's student teachers program, developing and teaching a graduate level course "Visiting Teacher". He also did a dissertation in school law. Dr. Stroud also served as platoon leader and company commander in the Armed Forces, worked as administrative officer at Fort Polk on National Guard Evaluation Boards and was discharged with the rank of captain.
In 1980 Dr. Stroud was appointed Associate Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish School System were he administered the special education and gifted programs, pupil appraisal, speech pathology, school nurse, child welfare and attendance and transportation programs.
In 1987 Dr. Stroud became the Executive Director of CARC where he has been the administrative force behind its success and growth. CARC has applied for and received numerous grants allowing them to expand there services and housing for men and women with developmental disabilities. When CARC first opened the Day Program for men and women there were less than 25 served by this program. Presently, CARC serves over 500 infants, men and women in the five parish area.