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Eight Named to LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction

03/05/2014 02:51 PM

BATON ROUGE – Patricia Hewlett Bodin of Houston, retired chief information officer and vice president of information technology at ExxonMobil, and Adrian Mitchell of Winnetka, Ill., chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Crate & Barrel, highlight the roster of distinguished alumni who will be inducted into the 2014 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.

Bodin, Alumna of the Year, and Mitchell, Young Alumnus of the Year, along with six other honorees will be inducted on Friday, April 4, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

The Hall of Distinction recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and LSU through their careers, personal and civic accomplishments, volunteer activities and loyalty to their alma mater.

Bodin earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1972. She retired from ExxonMobil in 2008, after more than 35 years of service. A former member and chair of the LSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, she serves on the LSU 2015 Transition Subcommittee on Technology, the College of Science Executive Committee, and the E. J. Ourso College of Business Advisory Council. Bodin is a member of the Dean’s Circle of both colleges and has established numerous scholarships and fellowships in each. She is an executive committee member of the Board of Visitors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and chairs the center’s cancer prevention and control advisory group.

Mitchell joined Crate & Barrel in 2010 and today leads a team of international associates as head of the international retail and e-commerce operations, global supply chain operations, architecture and construction, real estate, facilities, tax, treasury, and controller/accounting and finance departments. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1996.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from LSU in 1976 and a J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1979. Dardenne was re-elected to a four-year term as lieutenant governor in 2011 after serving one year in an unexpired term. He served four years as Secretary of State and 15 years as a state senator.

John Havens of Houston is president of Seismic Exchange, owner of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, Calif., and Vista Valley Country Club and vice chair and holds the second largest ownership share of the Houston Astros. Havens graduated from LSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in geology.

Dr. Charles Kaufman, chief of neurology at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, graduated from LSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned his M.D. from the LSU Medical Center in 1975. Kaufman and his wife, Elise, are generous supporters of numerous university entities, including the Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter.

Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Bobby V. Page, deputy chief of chaplains, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from LSU in 1973 and was commissioned through LSU ROTC. Page assists the chief of chaplains on matters concerning the religious and moral welfare of all Air Force personnel and in directing the Chaplain Corps.

Peggy B. Scott is executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and treasurer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, or BCBSLA. She is also president of the BCBSLA Foundation, having previously served four years as chair of the foundation board. She graduated from LSU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Doyle Z. Williams of Canton, Ga., is dean emeritus of the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, founding dean of the School of Accounting at the University of Southern California, and former senior scholar in the School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting from LSU in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

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