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Mayor's Biography


Biographical Sketch

Ollie S. Tyler was born and reared in Caddo Parish in Northwest Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University, Master of Education degree from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, and completed 42 hours of graduate and post baccalaureate work above Master’s Degree at several universities: LSU-Shreveport, Northwestern State University and Southern University-Shreveport. She has been an educator for more than four decades and was appointed as the first woman and first African American to serve as Superintendent of Schools for Caddo Parish Public School System, which consisted of 44,000 students. She was married to the late Rev. James C. Tyler and is the proud mother of one son, Tony Tyler, one stepdaughter, Wanda Tyler Kimble and two grandchildren, Kayberlyn and Larry Jr.

Mrs. Tyler has devoted her life to education and serving her community. She was inducted into the Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame in North Louisiana in 2006. She received the 2007 Athena Award for excellence in leadership and service for improving the quality of life for others in her community. Phi Delta Kappa also honored her with a National Citation Award, which is given to one who has made contributions to the welfare of mankind, contributions for education, and one who is a humanitarian. Mrs. Tyler is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minority Business Council and in 2007 she was honored as the Louisiana Superintendent of the Year. In addition, she was selected as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Northwest Louisiana, New Orleans City Business “Woman of the Year,” as well as a recipient of Women Who Make A Difference Award and the 100 Women of Distinction Leadership Award of the Century in North Louisiana.

Mrs. Tyler served on the Governor’s Education Transition Team in 2004, and she served on the Governor’s Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission from March 2008 to January 2012. On a national level, Mrs. Tyler served on the Deputies Leadership Commission’s Executive Committee for State Deputy Superintendents from March 2008 to June 2011. Her leadership has been recognized in two nationally-published educational journals—Education Week and The Administrator.

Mrs. Tyler led the way in education innovation and reform throughout the state of Louisiana. She was appointed as the State Deputy Superintendent of Education for Louisiana in August 2007 and was the first African American to hold this position. On May 16, 2011, Mrs. Tyler became the Acting State Superintendent of Education for Louisiana. As Acting State Superintendent of Education, Mrs. Tyler managed all staff in the Louisiana Department of Education and worked directly with all 70 local school superintendents, the Governor’s Office, Louisiana legislators, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and other stakeholders to implement statewide programs/initiatives to improve the education of approximately 700,000 students.

On January 19, 2012, Mrs. Tyler retired from the Louisiana Department of Education. She has spent 43 years in education, serving the children of Louisiana. She is a member the Upper Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

On Dec. 6, 2014, Shreveport voters elected her as Mayor of Louisiana’s third-largest city. Among her primary goals as Mayor are to:

  • Create a safe environment by providing more police presence in crime-ridden neighborhoods and continue the progress of overall crime reduction.
  • Stabilize finances by developing an aggressive budget that ensures fiscal sustainability.
  • Address the ailing infrastructure with a strategic plan that strengthens the sewer and water systems; repair streets; beautify gateways into the city; and enhance efforts to clean up all areas.
  • Establish an economic development department that works in partnerships with key stakeholders to expand economic opportunities and attract Fortune 500 companies.

City of Shreveport, Louisiana