LSU Board Honors Ed Steimel with Honorary Degree
BATON ROUGE – As part of its October meeting, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved a request to honor Ed Steimel with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which he will receive at LSU’s fall commencement exercises in December.
Steimel, a native of Baton Rouge, was the founding executive director of the Public Affairs Research Council, or PAR, a private, nonprofit research organization that studies governmental policy issues and publicizes findings and recommendations. Steimel and PAR were motivating forces for a constitutional convention that led to the adoption of a new Louisiana constitution in 1973. He later served as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, or LABI, which has helped to enact more than 50 pieces of education reform legislation.
Additionally, Steimel has been a tireless fundraiser for LSU, serving as development director for the College of Engineering. During his tenure, the college secured more than 50 scholarship funds, 106 professorships and 15 chairs. Each year, thanks to his generosity, the college awards the Ed Steimel Staff Excellence Award to an outstanding employee.
Other actions of the board included the approval of degrees to be conferred at the fall 2012 commencement exercises.