Regions Bank Makes $100K Gift to Energy Program

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From left to right: (left to right) Stephen Moret, president and CEO

of LSU Foundation; Martha “Missy” Epperson, senior vice president,

south Louisiana private wealth executive of Regions Bank;

Danny Montelaro, south Louisiana area president of Regions Bank;

and Richard White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

April 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The E. J. Ourso College of Business announced today a gift of $100,000 by Regions Bank to the college’s Energy Program.

The money will be used for the development of energy courses, student recruitment, travel stipends for internships and job-site trainings, research, and faculty support. The Energy Program began in fall 2015, offering a specialization in the college’s Flores MBA Program. A new energy minor will be available to any LSU undergraduate student, beginning with the fall 2016 semester.

“Regions Bank is committed to supporting the continued development of a highly-skilled workforce that’s ready to meet the needs of employers and industries throughout our communities,” said Danny Montelaro, south Louisiana area president for Regions Bank. “The energy business remains a key driver of our economy and we believe in supporting the education of the next generation of professionals who will manage all aspects of this dynamic business. Regions is proud to support LSU and the E. J. Ourso College of Business, as the Energy Program reaches students with valuable skills that can benefit their careers, and our communities, for many years to come.”

Regions’ gift is part of an initiative by Dean Richard White Jr. to increase corporate partnerships between the college and industry.

“When we started our Corporate Partnerships program, we hoped to have five by the end of 2015. Today, we have 21,” White said. “Corporate partnerships, like the one with Regions, help build financial resources and intellectual capital for the college while giving our partners a substantial return on investment in the graduates they hire.”

Regions’ contribution also makes it a part of the college’s Energy Founders Society, a group made up of companies and industry leaders who provide input on the energy curriculum, serve as guest lecturers, and help provide real-world experience to students within the program.

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit our home page.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business