Alumni Relations • Development

Private support of Louisiana State University is led by a consortium of three independent foundations, each with its own governing board, staff, and unique mission. In addition, many academic units of the University have volunteer development councils and “friends” groups who focus on the special interests of the units.


CLIFF VANNOY, Executive Vice President
Lod Cook Alumni Center
3838 West Lakeshore Drive
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3838 or 1-888-RINGLSU
FAX • 225-578-3816

Since its establishment in 1905, the mission of the LSU Alumni Association (LSUAA) has been to protect, promote, and foster the welfare of LSU and to create and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni and friends. The association, using the talents and resources of alumni and friends of LSU, supports the University in pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service to future and current alumni.

The LSU Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization whose members are graduates, former students, and friends of LSU. Active membership may be obtained through an annual contribution of $50 or more to the Alumni Annual Fund. Membership benefits include a subscription to LSU Alumni Magazine and discounts at the University Golf Course, the Cook Hotel, and car and moving van rentals. Members may participate in group travel and life insurance, join the Campus Federal Credit Union, and apply for an LSUAA Gold or Platinum Plus MasterCard with no annual fee. In addition, members are entitled to limited use of several University facilities.

Alumni gifts generated through the Alumni Fund support the operation of its programs of academic excellence, including the Alumni Scholars Program and other academic scholarships; alumni professorships; various other faculty awards; and seminars, workshops, and meetings.

The association, headquartered in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, hosts alumni homecoming celebrations, reunions, campus visitations, and chapter programs throughout Louisiana, the U.S., and abroad each year. Awards for outstanding individual achievement and service sponsored by the LSUAA include the LSU Alumnus of the Year, the University’s highest alumni honor; the LSU Hall of Distinction; Young Alumnus of the Year; and Chapter Service Awards. Extraordinary philanthropy is recognized and acknowledged with the prestigious Purple and Gold Awards.

The LSU Alumni Association manages and operates the Cook Hotel on the campus of LSU. Opened in October 2001, the center is located directly behind the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The hotel is open to the public and offers128 first-class rooms and suites. The center also offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space for conferences, seminars, workshops, receptions. lectures, and banquets. Catering is provided by Unique Cuisine Catering, the official caterer of the LSUAA. Conference or event bookings and/or individual room reservations may be placed by calling toll free 866-610-2665 or by logging on to

The John & Rose Ann Shelton Gift Shop offers the very best in LSU attire, gifts, and accessories. Conveniently located in the Cook Hotel, shoppers are invited to visit the store Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items can also be viewed and purchased via the LSU Web site. For more information, contact the gift shop at 225-383-0241.

The newest addition to the LSU Alumni Association Complex is the Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum. Dedicated on May 25, 2004 the sports museum houses a spectacular display of historical LSU sports memorabilia donated by the Andonie family. The current exhibit is dedicated to “LSU, Home of Champions.” For more information, consult the LSUAA Web site or call 578-3828.

The Alumni Association, organized on both academic and geographic lines, offers membership in local area chapters and academic affiliate chapters nationwide. The organization is governed by its Board of Directors, which formulates and administers policy for the association. Additional information concerning membership in the Alumni Association, its subsidiaries, or programs may be obtained by contacting the LSU Alumni Association at 888-RINGLSU or 225-578-3838.


WILLIAM G. BOWDON, Major General, USMC (Ret.), President & CEO

Lod Cook Alumni Center
3838 West Lakeshore Drive
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3811 or 1-800-452-7928
FAX • 225-578-0530

Chartered in 1960, the LSU Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, public foundation composed of business, professional, and civic leaders concerned with the advancement of LSU. Inquiries concerning LSU Foundation membership, current contribution priorities, assistance with estate planning, or other information are encouraged and welcomed.

The LSU Foundation fosters philanthropic support of the colleges and schools of the University, including capital gifts for endowments, facilities, art, special programs of educational excellence, and unrestricted funds for the highest priority needs of the University. The Foundation serves four units of the LSU System: LSU, the LSU Agricultural Center, LSU Law Center, and the Office of the President of the LSU System.

The LSU Foundation also manages most of the endowed funds and other assets donated by private individuals, corporations, and organizations for the benefit of the University. The Foundation manages over $375 million in funds. The Foundation invests the funds for the benefit of some 3,200 accounts for specific purposes in the various colleges, schools, and departments of the University.

Capital gifts made through the LSU Foundation have provided many enhancements that would not have been available otherwise, including endowed chairs and professorships, distinguished lecture series, endowed scholarships, library resources, works of art, laboratory equipment, computers and other educational technology, and awards programs for faculty, staff, and student achievement. The Foundation is the authorized agency for management of the 40 percent matching grants for chair and professorship endowments provided by the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.

Anyone interested in supporting the academic programs of the University is encouraged to consider gifts of assets in the form of cash, securities, real estate, equipment, works of art, animals, and rare books and papers. The gifts may be designated for the highest priority needs of the University or a department, or may be restricted to specific uses. Endowments may be named by the donor. Gifts may also be included in the estate plans of individuals, using wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other planning methods. Gifts to the LSU Foundation are tax-deductible charitable contributions as allowed by law.

Further information may be obtained at Confidential consultation available upon request.


RONALD G. RICHARD, Major General, USMC (Ret), CEO

Maravich Assembly Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4823 or 800-644-4823
FAX • 225-578-0184

Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) is a private nonprofit corporation with a steadfast commitment to the support, advancement, and success of LSU’s Athletic Department. The mission of the Athletic Foundation is to help create the number one athletic department in the nation. Among the most recent accomplishments of the TAF is the $60 million westside stadium renovation that provided 3,200 new club seats and a new press box. Also, the construction of a $15 million football operations center, a stand-alone center to house all facets of the national championship Tiger football program under one roof and a new 15,000 square foot habitat for our beloved live tiger mascot, Mike have been completed.

Recently completed projects include the renovation of the Old Gym Armory into the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes which includes a 1,000 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium for general campus usage, the construction of a new golf Practice Facility for the men and women’s golf programs, and a new Lady Tiger Basketball complex.

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