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Sixteen Graduate from LSU Executive Development Program

06/09/2011 04:02 PM

BATON ROUGE – Sixteen participants of the LSU Executive Development Program graduated from the program May 26, during a ceremony that was held at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. J.H. Campbell Jr., president and chief executive officer of Associated Grocers, served as graduation speaker.


Associated Grocers Inc. was organized in 1950, with 17 member stores. Today, the organization has more than 750 full-time employees and annual sales of more than $675 million. Campbell has held his positions in the company since 1995 and has been the chairman of the board of Piccadilly Cafeterias Inc. since 2002.


“We are grateful that Mr. Campbell was able to join us on this special occasion,” said LSU Executive Director Robin Kistler. “This was the perfect ending to the program for these students.”


The following individuals graduated from the program in May:

  • Donna Bailey, RoyOMartin
  • Mark Beaton, Fugro Chance Inc.
  • Jeremy Burford, RoyOMartin
  • Matthew Chiasson, Evonik
  • Paula Doyle, American University of Sharjah
  • Peter Fritzenschaft, Westlake Chemical
  • Nick Karaolis, Evonik
  • Joanne Logston, PPG Industries Inc.
  • Erik Mayer, CF Industries
  • Edward Pagendarm, CF Industries
  • Jared Rolen, Malachi Ministries International Inc.
  • Blaine Thibodeaux, Fugro Chance Inc.
  • Brad Tyler, Evonik
  • Daryl “Lew” Westermeyer, Evonik
  • Charles “Chip” White, Crest Projects
  • Michael Wilson, MMR Constructors


“Each EDP class selects a charity they wish to help,” Kistler said. “This EDP class has raised more than $10,000 for their Legacy Project for Tigers Against Trafficking. This is a record amount for any class, and the most I have seen in the past is $1,000. The class was very mobilized and motivated to help, and the organizations that sponsored them also helped support the effort.”


According to Kistler, the Executive Development Program was developed to serve as a resource and partner to any organization searching for a way to transform their managers into strong and effective leaders – the kind that can ensure growth and the future of a company.


“This is a demanding, in-residence education experience that consists of two sessions that are completed in less than four months,” Kistler said. “The first fall session will begin September 11.”


Executive Education at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business has prepared individuals and organizations to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing workplace for nearly 50 years. Highly relevant courses are designed to provide an immediate impact and serve as a resource in determining the best course of action for a business owner to take.


For more information, visit or call 225-578-1190.

E. J. Ourso College of Business