College of Engineering Inducts Three Into 2019 Hall of Distinction

April 30, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA – The LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction welcomed three new members during a ceremony on Thursday, April 25, as Lee K. Boothby, Sherri Hammond LeBas, and Victor “Vic” Weston were inducted as members of the 2019 class.

This year also marked the 40th anniversary of the inaugural Hall of Distinction ceremony, which inducted P. L. Thibaut Brian, Jesse Coates, Sr., Maxime Faget, M. F. Gautreaux, John Laufer, J. Howard Rambin, Jr., and Chester Siess.

“The College of Engineering is thrilled to welcome Lee Boothby, Sherri LeBas and Vic Weston—three stalwarts in their respective fields of engineering and construction management who embody the true characteristics and values of the LSU Engineer—to its prestigious Hall of Distinction,” said Judy Wornat, dean of the College of Engineering. “Their leadership, their significant contributions to industry and to the college, and their character are truly remarkable.”

Vic Weston HeadshotSherri LeBas headshotLee Boothby headshotBoothby graduated from LSU in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Rice University in 1992. This past February, he retired from Newfield Exploration after nearly 20 years, serving the last 10 years as chairman, president, and chief executive officer. He currently holds advisory roles on the LSU Craft & Hawkins Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Group and the Rice Business School Council of Overseers and recently agreed to join the LSU Foundation National Board. Boothby and his wife, Janice Boothby, have been married for nearly 30 years and have three children—Katherine Smith, Kenneth Boothby and Zachary Boothby—and three grandchildren—Peyton, Jaxson and Reagan.

LeBas graduated from LSU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She began work at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development that same year and went on to serve the state in a variety of roles over 30 years, including as secretary of the LADOTD from 2010 to 2016. In May 2016, she joined GEC Inc. as senior vice president of business development. LeBas is married to William Firnberg and together they have four sons and a daughter-in-law.

Weston graduated from Loyola University in 1971 after serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps. While attending night classes at Loyola, he also worked at the Louisiana Department of Transportation. In 1975, Weston purchased Tri-State Road Boring Inc., which he has been the owner of for more than 40 years, and in 1986, he was appointed as the Associated General Contractors representative to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors—a role he continues to fill to this day. He also manages the Contractors Educational Trust Fund, which has distributed more than $11 million to higher education over the years. Weston and his wife, Joy, have been married for 52 years and have two children.


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