Manship School Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

09/10/2013 11:16 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame, on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.

This year’s inductees include an advertising executive who was also an elected official, the voice of the LSU Fighting Tigers and a beloved journalism professor.

The Manship School Hall of Fame class of 2013 features the late Kevin Patrick Reilly, former executive officer of the Lamar Advertising Company and 16-year member of the Louisiana House of Representatives; Dan Borne, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Tiger Stadium and Maravich Assembly Center public address announcer; and Jay Perkins, LSU Manship School journalism professor.

Emily Kern Hebert, chairwoman of the Manship School Hall of Fame Committee, said the Hall of Fame is reserved for alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mass communication.  

“The legacy of journalism at LSU is one of extraordinary individuals. Past inductees have included Pulitzer Prize winners in political analysis, broadcast production and news writing.” Hebert said. “Our Hall of Fame is a testament to the talents of the graduates of LSU as well as to other communications experts who have helped make the Manship School one of the country’s premier journalism schools.”


Kevin Reilly


Reilly attended Harvard University, where he played varsity baseball and was voted Most Valuable Player during his senior year. After graduation, he served honorably for three years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. In 1953, he and his wife, DeeDee, relocated to Baton Rouge where he was employed by her family’s then-small billboard company, Lamar Advertising. Reilly eventually became the chairman and chief operating officer of what is now one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.

Reilly served in the legislature for 14 years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. As a representative, he pushed for the establishment of a public trust fund known as “8g,” with certain oil and natural gas royalties earmarked for education. In 1992, Reilly was named Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, serving in both the Edwards and Foster administrations.

Active in the community, Reilly was a chairman of the boards of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, Volunteers of America, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation and the National Volunteers of America. He served as the president of the Baton Rouge Cancer Society and chairman of the Capital Area United Way, as well as other local boards.

In 2002, Reilly and his wife received honorary doctorates from LSU, his adopted alma mater. In 2006, his children established the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication, and endowed the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the only such institute in the U.S. to focus on the study of media and public affairs.


Dan Borne


Dan Borné is president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, which represents the interests of more than 60 chemical manufacturing companies in Louisiana.  He is also president of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, a group of more than 600 businesses supporting the state’s chemical plants with products, supplies and services.

Borné is a native of Thibodaux, La. and a 1968 graduate of Nicholls State University.  He earned his master’s degree from the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU and is a member of the LSU Alumni Association.  In 2001 he was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Distinction.

Borné is on the Board of Visitors of the Manship School, where he also serves as an occasional adjunct member of the faculty.  He is past chairman of the Manship Excellence Fund Drive. His hobby is following LSU athletics, serving as the public address announcer at Tiger Stadium for 27 years and at the Maravich Assembly Center for 25 years.  

Jay Perkins


Jay Perkins has served as a journalism professor at the Manship School for more than three decades. He is known for his hard-nosed, demanding approach to teaching his students to become great writers.

One former student said of Perkins, “If he thought you had any talent, he clobbered you – relentlessly pushing you to do better. He convinced us that we were capable of amazing things, and we’re all better people because Jay was our professor.”

Perkins’ leadership resulted in the Manship School’s news editorial program earning significant national recognition while he was Reveille faculty adviser. During one six-year period, students won 11 William Randolph Hearst Foundation national championships – with 23 top-10 finishes. Three times, the nation’s best collegiate journalist – as determined during Hearst’s in-person competition in San Francisco – hailed from the Manship School.

Outside the classroom and the Reveille, Perkins spent countless hours inspiring students about the field of journalism. With little or no budget, he brought in Pulitzer Prize winners to work with students.  From Perkins, students learned what it was like to be an Associated Press reporter in Washington, and he connected his students with his network of colleagues from his AP days.

He was the first to introduce many students to something called the Internet and was a pioneer in teaching students how to use it for researching news stories.

Perkins retired in 2010 and spends his summers teaching LSU study abroad courses in Europe.      

For tickets to the event, contact Emily Wascom at 225-578-2187.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013