Hall of Distinction | LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

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About the Hall of Distinction

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has long been at the forefront of producing leaders who make significant contributions to the areas of business, academia, government, and the community at large. Alumni, emeritus faculty, and friends of the college who have a strong association with the college and have distinguished themselves through their professional and civic achievements are considered annually for the Hall of Distinction.

Well before the formal establishment of the E. J. Ourso College in 1928, students attending LSU with aspirations of business endeavors were taught the basic principles of business necessary to succeed. Such successes established the foundation that later alumni would utilize to achieve their goals. Since 1996, the E. J. Ourso College has honored these ambassadors of LSU and the college through induction into the Hall of Distinction.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Hall of Distinction Inductees

Eligible individuals, living or deceased, include LSU and E. J. Ourso College of Business alumni, emeritus faculty, and friends of the college. These individuals have made outstanding contributions in the areas of business, academia, or government, as well as their community. Nominated individuals should have formative associations with the E. J. Ourso College of Business. No individual can be considered while an employee of the university. Consideration will be based on accomplishments across a career and include the individual’s interactions with the college or the university, as well as the following criteria.

  • an exceptional professional record,
  • significant personal achievement,
  • educational, professional, or service activities that provide a strong bond between the individual and the college, or
  •  strong integrity and humanitarianism.

Outstanding Young Alum Award

Beginning in 2021, in addition to the Hall of Distinction Inductees, we are proud to recognize one alumnus who has exhibited great promise in their career and whose early accomplishments distinguish them as an upcoming leader in their profession. Nominated individuals should have formative associations with the E. J. Ourso College of Business, as well as meeting the following criteria.

  • must have a degree (undergraduate or graduate) from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business,
  • under forty years old by the date of the HOD ceremony, 
  • an exceptional early professional record,
  • educational, professional, or service activities that provide a strong bond between the individual and the college, or
  • strong integrity and humanitarianism.


Recipients of the Outstanding Young Alum Award receive special recognition at the ceremony but are not inducted into the Hall of Distinction. However, they may be considered for the Hall of Distinction if they are later nominated and meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Nominations

Nominees for the Hall of Distinction and the Outstanding Young Alum Award may be submitted by anyone and are solicited on behalf of the college’s Hall of Distinction Selection Committee.

The Dean’s Office will acknowledge receipt of the nomination and request the additional information if needed by the selection committee. Nominees and nominators will be contacted in May 2021, if chosen. If you have any questions about nominating an individual, please reach out to Danielle Basilica.

The nomination period for 2021 honorees is closed.

 

Hall of Distinction Ceremony & Event

The E. J. Ourso College of Business is excited to celebrate the milestone 25th Annual Hall of Distinction with a special event honoring 2020* and 2021 inductees and recognize the first-ever Outstanding Young Alum Award. The 2021 Hall of Distinction ceremony will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021** at the Business Education Complex and is by invitation only. 

If you have any questions about the Hall of Distinction event, please reach out to Danielle Basilica.

 

*The 2020 Hall of Distinction ceremony and banquet, scheduled for April 3, 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We congratulate our honorees and look forward to celebrating with them in 2021.

 **Event date is subject to LSU, Louisiana State, and CDC regulations in place at the time of the event.

 

Past HOD Inductees

View the list of past Hall of Distinction Inductees and read their reflections of their time at LSU.