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Collis B. Temple, Jr., graduated from LSU with bachelor's and master's degrees in education in 1974 and 1979, respectively. A three-year letterman on the Tiger Basketball team, he earned All-SEC and Academic All-SEC honors and was the University's first African-American basketball player. From 1974-76 he played professional basketball with the San Antonio spurs and the Seattle Supersonics.

A native of Kentwood, La., Temple is the owner and executive director of Harmony Center, Inc., a system of residential health and mental health facilities serving foster children, the developmentally disabled, and adjudicated youth and adults.

Temple has served on the board of directors of the LSU Alumni Association, Tiger Athletic Foundation, National L Club, and LSU Junior Division Advisory Board. He was one of fifteen basketball players voted by fans to the All-Century Team and named National Club Member of the Year. He has coached and mentored some of LSU's top athletes, including Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics, Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls, and Early Doucet of the Arizona Cardinals.

He served as chairman of the Baton Rouge Park and Recreation Commission when it received the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence and serves on the boards of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, Baton Rouge Sports Foundation, East Baton Rouge Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, and was a founding board member of the Big Buddy Program and BREC Sports Academy, formerly known as the Baton Rouge Sports Academy. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Zion First Baptist Church.

Temple is married to Baton Rouge City Court Judge Kelli Temple and the father of three sons, Collis III, Elliott, and Garrett, and a daughter, Colleen.


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