John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology
Transfer was established at LSU in 1994 with a gift of $600,000
from Tidewater Inc. and a match of $400,000 from the Louisiana
Board of Regents.
John P. Laborde served
as Tidewater Inc.’s chief executive officer for nearly 40
years and is currently chairman emeritus. He was the founder and
first chairman of what is now the Offshore Marine Service Association
and has played a major role in the worldwide development of the
offshore service industry. Mr. Laborde earned his bachelor of
arts degree and juris doctorate from Louisiana State University.
He also is a member of the Louisiana Sea Grant Advisory Council;
chairman of the board of Laborde Marine Lifts Inc., Laborde Products
Inc., Lab-More Properties LLC, and Laborde Integrated Services
has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Citizen
Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the St. Elizabeth’s
Guild Volunteer Activist Award, Distinguished Alumnus awards from
the LSU Alumni Federation as well as the LSU Law Center Alumni
Association, Junior Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award, and
honorary doctorates from LSU and Loyola University.