BATON ROUGE – Boys & Girls Clubs of America have announced that LSU President F. King Alexander will be inducted in to the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 11, during a ceremony in New Orleans.
Since its inception more than 100 years ago, BGCA has provided kids and teens of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and achieve a great future. To celebrate the accomplishments of former Boys & Girls Club members, BGCA annually recognizes distinguished alumni during the organization’s annual National Conference, held this year in New Orleans.
The event will be hosted by Courtney B. Vance and honor seven other distinguished alumni who have also gone on to make major contributions in their fields from sports to entertainment to business. Their stories are very different, but all started out the same – with the life-changing programs, caring staff and the fun, safe environment of a local Boys & Girls Club.
In addition to Alexander, the BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame “Class of 2016” inductees include Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association Katrina Adams; Chief Financial Officer of Anthem Inc. Wayne DeVeydt; Head Coach of the New Orleans Pelicans Alvin Gentry; drummer Jim Keltner; professional model Damaris Lewis; retired NBA player Willie Naulls; and comedian JB Smoove.
Alexander was named president of LSU in 2013. Previously, he served as president of California State University, Long Beach. An internationally respected expert in higher education finance and public policy, Alexander frequently publishes in national journals and for organizations in this field. He also works to facilitate new federal legislation on behalf of all public higher education institutions. He has served as a reviewer, an editorial board member, and a university instructor and faculty member, teaching courses in higher education finance, law, history and current events.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through club membership and community outreach.
Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
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