Turner Industries Pledges $5 Million to LSU Construction Management Program

01/31/2014 02:50 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Bert and Sue Turner Family, sole shareholders of Turner Industries Group LLC, unanimously supported a $5 million gift from Turner Industries to name the Department of Construction Management in honor of the late Bert S. Turner. Turner was a 1943 LSU alumnus and 1991 Hall of Distinction Member, both in the College of Engineering. The Turner Industries gift bolsters the private funding in support of the college’s “Breaking New Ground” campaign.

“The Turner family wanted to honor Bert for his many contributions to Louisiana, in particular higher education,” said, Roland Toups, chairman and CEO of Turner Industries Group LLC. “This is one of the many ways to remember him, while, at the same time, supporting and expanding the opportunities for LSU’s future Construction Management students.”

Turner Industries’ contribution will receive the one-to-one state match provided by the State of Louisiana under the agreement to renovate Patrick F. Taylor Hall and construct a Chemical Engineering building. It also represents the largest donation to the Department of Construction Management in its 43-year history.

“For decades, the Turner Family has devoted countless hours tirelessly championing LSU’s cause,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “I speak on behalf of the students, faculty and staff at LSU, when I say we are deeply humbled and honored by this generous contribution honoring Bert S. Turner’s legacy.”

Founder and chairman emeritus of Turner Industries, Bert S. Turner was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from LSU in 1996 and was named LSU Alumni of the Year in 2002. The Turner family, Mrs. Sue Turner and their five children: Susan, Robert, Moo, Thomas, John, and Turner Industries have been a valued partner to LSU and the College of Engineering for many years.

“With this gift, I thank the Turner family for distinguishing LSU’s construction management program to better prepare our graduates for the increasing complexity of new construction projects and advanced technology in the construction industry,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner Chair, College of Engineering. “An esteemed alumnus in the college, Bert S. Turner’s legacy will continue to make a difference in the lives of our students and help transform LSU’s College of Engineering into one of the most competitive programs in the country.”

For more information about Turner Industries, visit www.turner-industries.com.

For more information about the LSU College of Engineering, visit www.eng.lsu.edu.

For more information about the Breaking New Ground campaign, visit www.lsubreakingnewground.com.

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014