College of Business Namesake, Alumnus Named Hall of Fame Laureates

E. J. OursoE. J. Ourso
 Jake NettervilleJake Netterville

March 12, 2019

Baton Rouge - E. J. Ourso and Jake Netterville are profiled in the Baton Rouge Business Report out March 12 for their induction into the 2019 Baton Rouge Business Awards and Hall of Fame. Business Report and Junior Achievement announced the individuals and companies to be honored at the 2019 Business Awards & Hall of Fame gala in January. The honorees are selected by a community panel of judges and profiled in Business Report’s new cover package and include business leaders who persevered to build their  businesses from the ground up as well as those called upon to lead their family businesses into the next generation.

Hall of Fame Laureate: E. J. Ourso, entrepreneur (posthumous)

A native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, E. J. Ourso and his wife, Marjory, made a gracious donation to the then-College of Business Administration in 1996. For their generosity, the college was renamed the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Ourso began his collegiate career at LSU in 1940, with the intention of earning a degree in journalism. His education was interrupted, however, by his service in World War II. Shortly after his return home, his father died, forcing him to take over the family funeral home business and prohibiting him from returning to college. Through his self-determination, he continued learning by endeavoring to meet the goal of reading a book a day, many of which had as their subjects the plights of successful companies. Ourso regularly served as a guest lecturer, and he is remembered as an educational contributor who hired interns from LSU and, after retiring, often invited LSU Flores MBA students to his home to talk about his experiences. In 1996, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from LSU. Additionally, Ourso is an inductee of the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. View video.

Hall of Fame Laureate: Jake Netterville, chairman emeritus, Postlethwaite & Netterville

Jake L. Netterville, CPA, is a former managing director of the firm. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1960.

From 1992 to 1993, Netterville served as chairman of the board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the highest office in the accounting profession. From 1998 to 2001, he served as chairman of the AICPA Political Leadership Cabinet. Netterville has also served as chairman of the AICPA's National Management of an Accounting Practice Committee and is a permanent member of the AICPA's Governing Council. He is past chairman of the board of directors of Associated Accounting Firms International. At the state level, Jake served as president of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, and he is a past member of the Louisiana State Board of Certified Public Accountants.

All of this year’s honorees will be profiled in the March 12 issue of Business Report and honored at a gala Wednesday, March 20, at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge. View video.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

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

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business