For Immediate Release | September 09, 2022
Media Contact: 
Tarie Roberson
Director of Advancement
LCTCS Foundation Recognizes Extraordinary Leaders for Impact on Higher Education in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, LA – This week, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Foundation recognized 20 individuals and businesses during the fifth annual Impact Awards Gala sponsored by Dow Chemical and Ochsner Health.

The purpose of the LCTCS Foundation’s Impact Awards Gala is to celebrate extraordinary leadership efforts which have been notably effective in advancing the education and workforce needs of students, businesses, and communities across Louisiana.

"This recognition program honors the leadership, advocacy, and engagement efforts necessary to ensuring Louisiana provides pathways to prosperity for its citizens and attracts business & industry because of its high-quality workforce," said Tarie Roberson, LCTCS Director of Advancement. "After cancelling the previous two years' Impact Awards due to the pandemic, coming together for the 2022 Gala gave us a unique opportunity to look back on the great work that has been done for higher education over the past three years."

LCTCS Foundation 2022 Impact Award Recipients

Curt Eysink Excellence in Workforce Development Award
Brookshire Grocery Company
Terrebonne General Health System
United Way of St. Charles
Venture Global LNG

Joe D. May Excellence in Public Policy Award
Nic Hunter, Mayor of Lake Charles
LA Speaker of The House of Representatives Clay Schexnayder
LA Senate President Patrick "Page" Cortez
Representative Paula P. Davis

LCTCS Statewide Impact Award
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Higher Education, LA Board of Regents
Leo C. Hamilton, Partner, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP
Louisiana Motor Transportation Association 
Ochsner Health
Thomas E. Williams, Retiree, LCTCS

Walter G. Bumphus Excellence in Leadership Award
Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

Woody Oge' Excellence in Advocacy Award
Brett Mellington, Former Board Member, SLCC
St. Tammany Corporation 

"I Am Louisiana's Future" Student Scholarship Award
Whitney Broussard, SOWELA Technical Community College
Haley Ardoin, River Parishes Community College

The LCTCS Foundation Impact Awards Gala was held in New Orleans as part of the 20th LCTCS Annual Conference. The conference has grown from a training and networking event for LCTCS faculty and staff to the largest higher education professional development event in the gulf south.


About the Louisiana Community and Technical College System
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) provides strategic management and support for Louisiana's 12 community and technical colleges. LCTCS colleges award associates degrees, technical diplomas, and industry-based certificates in programs aligned with business and industry and local economies, which lead students to good in-demand, high-wage jobs.
Address: 265 South Foster Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone Number: (225) 922-2800