Hall of Distinction & Outstanding Young Alum

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has long been at the forefront of producing leaders who make significant contributions to the areas of business, academia, government, and the community at large. Since 1996, the college has honored individuals who have a strong association with the college and have distinguished themselves through their professional and civic achievements earning a place in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction. 

In addition to the Hall of Distinction honorees, the college is proud to annually recognize one alumnus who has exhibited great promise in their career and whose early accomplishments distinguish them as an upcoming leader in their profession. This individual will receive the annual Outstanding Young Alum Award.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2024 Hall of Distinction inductees and the Outstanding Young Alum from January 15 to March 10.
Submit all nominations through the appropriate forms below. 

If you have questions about a nomination, please contact Danielle Basilica. 

 

Criteria & Nominations

Hall of Distinction

Eligible individuals, living or deceased, include LSU and E. J. Ourso College of Business alumni, emeritus faculty, and friends of the college. These individuals have made outstanding contributions in the areas of business, academia, or government, as well as their community. Nominated individuals should have formative associations with the E. J. Ourso College of Business. No individual can be considered while an employee of the university. Consideration will be based on accomplishments across a career and include the individual’s interactions with the college or the university, as well as the following criteria.

  • Exceptional professional record
  • Significant personal achievement
  • Educational, professional, or service activities that provide a strong bond between the individual and the college
  • Strong integrity and humanitarianism

Outstanding Young Alum Award

Nominated individuals should have formative associations with the E. J. Ourso College of Business, as well as meet the following criteria.

  • Must have a degree (undergraduate or graduate) from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
  • Under 40 years of age (by the date of the HOD ceremony)
  • Exceptional early professional record
  • Educational, professional, or service activities that provide a strong bond between the individual and the college
  • Strong integrity and humanitarianism

The Outstanding Young Alum Award recipient receives special recognition at the Hall of Distinction ceremony but is not inducted into the Hall of Distinction. However, they may be considered for the Hall of Distinction if they are later nominated and meet the eligibility criteria.

Nominees for the Hall of Distinction and the Outstanding Young Alum Award may be submitted by anyone. The Office of the Dean may request additional information if needed by the selection committee. Nominees and nominators will be contacted if chosen.

Ideally, selected honorees will attend an in-person event held in fall 2024. 

The 2024 nomination period is from January 15 to March 10. Please submit all nominations through the appropriate form below. 

Hall of Distinction Nomination Form

Outstanding Young Alum Nomination Form

If you have any questions about nominating an individual, contact Danielle Basilica.

Meet the HonoreEs

 

 

 

Hall of Distinction Gallery 

Joaneane Smith and Mike the Tiger, HOD 2023.Jacques and Cassie Bourque, HOD 2023.Joaneane Smith speaking on stage, HOD 2023.HOD 2023 banquet

Kip Knight speaking on stage while holding his book, Learn to Leap. HOD 2023Jared Llorens, Kip Knight, Joaneane Smith, and Jacques Bourque, HOD 2023Brandon Landry, HOD 2022Jaime Glas, Outstanding Young Alum 2022

2022 Honorees Landry and Glas with Dean LlorensHOD Reception 2022Hall of Distinction 2021Nick Speyrer, Outstanding Young Alum 2021

Hall of Distinction 2021Scott Agosta, HOD 2021Hall of Distinction 2021Suzanne Mestayer, HOD  2021

Dal Miller, HOD 20202019 Honorees, Schneckenburger, Donadio,  ZehnderRobert Schneckenburger, HOD 2019Jeff Zehnder, HOD 2019

Marcela Donadio, HOD 2019Hall of Distinction 2018Claire Cagnolatti, HOD 2018Skip Robichaux, HOD 2018

2017 Honorees, Songy, Borders, Parr