William J. “Bill” Dodd served as State Superintendent of Education from 1964-72, during which he presided over the desegregation of public schools. Dodd, who began his career of political service as a state representative in 1940, graduated from State Normal College in 1934. He served as Lieutenant Governor and State Auditor prior to becoming a member of the State Board of Education. Dodd also wrote a newspaper column entitled “Inside Louisiana,” which appeared in many rural newspapers. Shortly before his death in 1991, Dodd published his memoirs entitled “Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics.”