LSU University College Appoints Gerard and Missy Rockenbaugh to Advisory Board
BATON ROUGE – Gerard G. “Rock” and Missy Rockenbaugh, co-owners of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaners, have been appointed to LSU University College’s Advisory Board.
“I feel blessed to continue what the Kean’s Brothers started 113 years ago,” said Rock Rockenbaugh. “The Kean’s Brothers primary business back then was cleaning the collars for LSU students. Throughout the years, Kean’s remains close to LSU with book collections and drives for the LSU Library Foundation, the cleaning and care of theatrical costumes for Swine Palace, and now as a member of University College’s Advisory Board. I enjoy spending time with young people and learning about their ideas and visions. Their ideas are fresh, which help me to think young.”
LSU University College’s Advisory Board is comprised of 26 business executives and community leaders. It is a strong and active board, and members participate in a number of activities and events, such as an Annual Meeting and Pigskin Preview hosted by LSU Football Coach Les Miles, selection of University College’s more than 50 scholarship recipients, and host/hostess to various LSU recruitment receptions.
“University College is privileged to have Rock and Missy Rockenbaugh join our board,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Their community involvement and interest in LSU are strong indicators of how they can be valuable assets to our college and the programs we administer.”
“It is an honor to be named to the LSU University College’s Advisory Board,” said Missy Rockenbaugh. “Young people today are our future for tomorrow. Knowing that students have the support and counseling that University College provides, reassures me of their success in their education. I am excited to be included in helping these young people achieve that success.”
Rock and Missy Rockenbaugh are co-owners and operators of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaners, enterprising 14 locations and more than 100 employees in the Greater Baton Rouge metro area.
Founded in 1900 by brothers John Selby and Frank H. Kean, Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning’s initial business was laundering collars for LSU students in a small building on Government Street. In 2003, Rockenbaugh was recruited and invested in the company, working diligently for two years learning the “ins-and-outs” of the family business.
In 2003, Rockenbaugh formally took over all controlling rights of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaners. Just as Kean’s, under the Kean Bros. ownership, had always been a family affair, Rockenbaugh continues this tradition today. He and his wife and their two sons, Stephen and Gregory, have worked in every Kean’s location to learn the business and get to know the customers.
In addition to Rock Rockenbaugh’s entrepreneurial spirit, he serves philanthropically with Big Buddy, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Junior Achievement, Uniforms for Kids, as the former chair of the Baton Rouge Arthritis Foundation, and is a board member of the St. Vincent DePaul Foundation.
Likewise, Missy Rockenbaugh is equally philanthropic, serving the community for the past six-years as vice president, membership chair and board member of Baton Rouge Green, co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2012, Esther House for Women, and Bishop Ott Shelter.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU.
University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.