10/26/2012 06:03 PM
BATON ROUGE – As part of its October meeting, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved
a request to honor Ed Steimel with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which he will
receive at LSU’s fall commencement exercises in December.
Steimel, a native of Baton Rouge, was the founding executive director of the Public
Affairs Research Council, or PAR, a private, nonprofit research organization that
studies governmental policy issues and publicizes findings and recommendations. Steimel
and PAR were motivating forces for a constitutional convention that led to the adoption
of a new Louisiana constitution in 1973. He later served as the executive director
of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, or LABI, which has helped to
enact more than 50 pieces of education reform legislation.
Additionally, Steimel has been a tireless fundraiser for LSU, serving as development
director for the College of Engineering. During his tenure, the college secured more
than 50 scholarship funds, 106 professorships and 15 chairs. Each year, thanks to
his generosity, the college awards the Ed Steimel Staff Excellence Award to an outstanding
Other actions of the board included the approval of degrees to be conferred at the fall 2012 commencement exercises.
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012