LSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Hall of Distinction

2020 LSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION hall of distinction INDUCTION GALA 

FRIDAY, March 27, 2020 | 6PM | LOD COOK ALUMNI CENTER

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The LSU Alumnus of the Year designation is the highest honor awarded to a distinguished graduate of LSU by the association. The first award was conferred in 1966; the Young Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 1999 to recognize alumni under the age of 40 who have attained professional prominence early in their careers. Including the 2019 inductees, the LSU Alumni Association has recognized 301 individuals representing a cross-section of LSU graduates.

THE HONOREES

2020 Alumnus of the Year 


Gary R. Wooley, FOunder, WOOLEY AND ASSOCIATES, INC.

Gary Wooley

Gary R. Wooley, founder and president of Wooley and Associates, Inc., is involved in campus activities both philanthropically and in advisory capacities. He has established three professorships and ten fellowships in the College of Engineering, was instrumental in the capital campaign for Patrick F. Taylor Hall, served on the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council for more than thirty years, and is a generous supporter of the LSU Alumni Association and Tiger Athletic Foundation.

2020 Young ALUMNA OF THE YEAR


Jessica A. Harthcock, CEO, UTILIZE HEALTH

Jessica

Jessica A. Harthcock was seventeen when she was paralyzed from the chest down from a sports-related injury. Thrust instantly into the medical system, she experienced first-hand the gaps in quality care for patients with neurological conditions and vowed to create a service to solve the problems she experienced. Today Harthcock is CEO of Utilize Health, a $2 million company she built from the ground up to guide patients through the health care system with positive outcomes and cost savings.

2020 HONOREES

KURT B. DAVIS 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF AFFILIATE RELATIONS AT VIACOM CBS

kurt davis

Kurt B. Davis, executive vice president of affiliate relations at ViacomCBS, is responsible for the day-to-day operations between CBS and hundreds of CBS affiliates across the nation. Previously, he served as vice president for news services, overseeing CBS Newspath, the CBS news satellite newsgathering organization. Davis spent much of his thirty-plus-year career in a variety of markets across the country, serving as executive news editor at KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas, prior to joining CBS News.

K. RENEE HORTON

NASA SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM QUALITY ENGINEER, MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY

Renee

K. Renee Horton is the NASA Space Launch System Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. She has served as president of the National Society of
Black Physicists (NSBP), is a member of the International Union of Pure, Applied Physics Women in Physics Working Group and serves on several advisory boards dedicated to
inclusion in physics. She received the Black Engineer of the Year Trailblazer Award in 2011 and in 2017 was named a NSBP Fellow.

LEWIS T. MAY

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL and Urban design director, page southerland page

louis may

Lewis T. May is an associate principal and urban design director of Page Southernland Page, a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm with offices in the U.S. and abroad. Lewis May, one of America’s leading planners, urban designers, and landscape architects, five-decade career has earned him nearly 200 international awards of excellence for his global design practice. His urban design portfolio includes projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Far East, Arabia, and throughout the Americas.

STEPHEN J. SCALISE

U.S. House of representatives republican whip and representative for louisiana's 1st congressional district 1

scalise

Stephen J. Scalise, U.S. House of Representatives Republican Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District 1, was elected to Congress after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996-2008. A senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a steadfast defender of Louisiana’s coast, Scalise led the effort in the House to pass the RESTORE act, which was enacted in 2012. He graduated from LSU in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

  

ABOUT LSU ALUMNI HALL OF DISTINCTION

The LSU Alumnus of the Year designation is the highest honor awarded to a distinguished graduate of LSU by the association. The first award was conferred in 1966; the Young Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 1999 to recognize alumni under the age of 40 who have attained professional prominence early in their careers. Including the 2018 inductees, the LSU Alumni Association has recognized 297 individuals representing a cross-section of LSU graduates.
Louisiana State University has a tradition of graduating students who go on to achieve national and international prominence. In its one-and-a-half centuries of operation, the University has produced leaders in education, agriculture, the sciences, the arts, government, commerce, industry, technology, and social advocacy.

The LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and LSU through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities, and their loyalty to their alma mater.

Included in the Hall of Distinction award ceremony is the bestowal of the prestigious Alumnus of the Year Award. One individual is singled-out not only for their distinguished accomplishments, but also for their loyalty and generosity to the University and the LSU Alumni Association.

The LSU Alumni Association, formerly known as the LSU Alumni Federation, began recognizing distinguished alumni in 1966, when The Alumnus of the Year Award was bestowed upon military hero Major Roy J. Young.

Tradition continued until 1981, when the Hall of Distinction was created to recognize and honor more alumni and other outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to society and whose achievements have brought credit and distinction to LSU.

In 1984, a selection committee was created and included four representatives of the Association along with four representatives, whose names remain anonymous, serves as a staggered three-year term and is charged with the task of reviewing hundreds of nominations and casting votes for the top candidates. The final candidates are reviewed and voted on by the Honors and Awards Committee and presented for final approval to the board of directors of the LSU Alumni Association.

The LSU Alumni Association began accepting nominations for its Young Alumnus of the Year award in 1999. The award is specifically for alumni under the age of 40 who have attained prominence early-on through their efforts in commerce, industry, technology, agriculture, engineering, the arts, the sciences, education, government, and other worthy endeavors.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Brandli Roberts

Director of On-Campus Events

LSU Alumni Association

225-578-3838

brandli@lsualumni.org

              


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