02/26/2013 08:55 AM
BATON ROUGE – Gerard G. “Rock” and Missy Rockenbaugh, co-owners of Kean’s Fine Dry
Cleaners, have been appointed to LSU University College’s Advisory Board.
“I feel blessed to continue what the Kean’s Brothers started 113 years ago,” said
Rock Rockenbaugh. “The Kean’s Brothers primary business back then was cleaning the
collars for LSU students. Throughout the years, Kean’s remains close to LSU with book
collections and drives for the LSU Library Foundation, the cleaning and care of theatrical
costumes for Swine Palace, and now as a member of University College’s Advisory Board.
I enjoy spending time with young people and learning about their ideas and visions.
Their ideas are fresh, which help me to think young.”
LSU University College’s Advisory Board is comprised of 26 business executives and
community leaders. It is a strong and active board, and members participate in a number
of activities and events, such as an Annual Meeting and Pigskin Preview hosted by
LSU Football Coach Les Miles, selection of University College’s more than 50 scholarship
recipients, and host/hostess to various LSU recruitment receptions.
“University College is privileged to have Rock and Missy Rockenbaugh join our board,”
said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Their community involvement
and interest in LSU are strong indicators of how they can be valuable assets to our
college and the programs we administer.”
“It is an honor to be named to the LSU University College’s Advisory Board,” said
Missy Rockenbaugh. “Young people today are our future for tomorrow. Knowing that students
have the support and counseling that University College provides, reassures me of
their success in their education. I am excited to be included in helping these young
people achieve that success.”
Rock and Missy Rockenbaugh are co-owners and operators of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaners,
enterprising 14 locations and more than 100 employees in the Greater Baton Rouge metro
Founded in 1900 by brothers John Selby and Frank H. Kean, Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning’s
initial business was laundering collars for LSU students in a small building on Government
Street. In 2003, Rockenbaugh was recruited and invested in the company, working diligently
for two years learning the “ins-and-outs” of the family business.
In 2003, Rockenbaugh formally took over all controlling rights of Kean’s Fine Dry
Cleaners. Just as Kean’s, under the Kean Bros. ownership, had always been a family
affair, Rockenbaugh continues this tradition today. He and his wife and their two
sons, Stephen and Gregory, have worked in every Kean’s location to learn the business
and get to know the customers.
In addition to Rock Rockenbaugh’s entrepreneurial spirit, he serves philanthropically
with Big Buddy, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Junior Achievement, Uniforms for Kids,
as the former chair of the Baton Rouge Arthritis Foundation, and is a board member
of the St. Vincent DePaul Foundation.
Likewise, Missy Rockenbaugh is equally philanthropic, serving the community for the
past six-years as vice president, membership chair and board member of Baton Rouge
Green, co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2012, Esther
House for Women, and Bishop Ott Shelter.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students
enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded
student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students
beginning their academic careers at LSU.
University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and
The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific
programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer
Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations
and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013