2022 Hall of Distinction Honorees Announced
The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) presents the Hall of Distinction, an event that recognizes outstanding alumni and individuals who make significant positive impacts to the College mission, their profession, their community, academia, or government.
This year’s reception took place Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. CHSE is honored to recognize and celebrate our honorees who exemplify the College’s mission to improve quality of life across the lifespan by addressing complex human issues and policy decisions facing Louisiana and the nation through their gifts, talents, and time.
- D-D Breaux, Alumna of Distinction Award
- Carolyn Collins, Changemakers Award
- Jackie Ducote, Changemakers Award
- Carolyn Hargrave, Changemakers Award
- Laura Lindsay, Changemakers Award
- Russell Mosely, Changemakers Award
Alumna of Distinction Award
The Alumna of Distinction Award recognizes alumnae who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities, and embody our college’s vision to geaux change lives. Honorees have excelled in all these areas and exemplify the essence of a true College of Human Sciences & Education changemaker.
About the honoree:
D-D Breaux, the longest tenured coach of any sport in SEC history, established and maintained LSU’s reputation as one of the premier collegiate gymnastics’ programs in the country. Breaux has represented the University at the highest level both in the gym and, most importantly, in the classroom for 43 years. She built the LSU gymnastics program, created as a Title IX program, into a national powerhouse. Breaux tells current athletes about the program’s rocky rise to prominence not to reveal unforeseen layers of herself and her story, but to push them to be better, to remain positive in the face of adversity, and to never let up.
Breaux is all about building not just athletes, but women who stand up for themselves in a world that challenges them to do so. Colleagues describe her as being steadfast in her mission to draw attention to student-athletes’ needs, especially from a safety perspective. Breaux’s long commitment to service and giving back and the example she set for her teams aligns with our college’s mission and dedication to educating students to become servant leaders in the communities in which they choose to live, work, and play.
Changemakers Award, CHSE Huey P. Long Field House Leadership Team
The Changemakers Award is the ultimate honor and exemplar of what CHSE strives to be. We are not side-line sitters, we are changemakers, and we leave an imprint; not a light one, but one that alters the landscape and challenges the status quo. When we show up, communities are better. This year’s honorees were selected for their vision, expertise, leadership, and commitment to the restoration of the Huey P. Long Field House. The importance of this work is hard to overstate, as historical features such as the terrazzo floors, the Tiger mosaic, the ballroom, and other historical markers of this building literally tell the LSU story. This renovation ensures that future generations of Tigers will research, teach, and learn in state-of-the art classrooms, labs, and meeting spaces.
About the honorees:
Carolyn Carter Collins’ tireless service to our university was instrumental in elevating the status of women in Louisiana. Dr. Collins is an LSU Associate Vice Chancellor and holds the prestigious honor of Dean Emeritus. She was LSU’s first African American Dean of an Academic College as well as the founder of the Summer Scholars, Black Faulty and Staff Caucus, the LSU Parents Association, and Parents weekend. She served as a College Administrator and Consultant to The College Board. Additionally, Dr. Collins was the President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges, and President of the Southern Region of The College Board.
Dr. Collins is an alumna of CHSE with a Master’s in Education and Doctorate in Leadership & Human Resource Development. She recently co-chaired the search for University Laboratory School’s 13th Director, now in its 106th year. In honor of her tireless service to our university, LSU has named a scholarship in her honor. Carolyn Carter Collins’ tireless service to our university was instrumental in elevating the status of women in Louisiana. Dr. Collins is an LSU Associate Vice Chancellor and holds the prestigious honor of Dean Emeritus. She was LSU’s first African American Dean of an Academic College as well as the founder of the Summer Scholars, Black Faulty and Staff Caucus, the LSU Parents Association, and Parents weekend. She served as a College Administrator and Consultant to The College Board. Additionally, Dr. Collins was the President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges, and President of the Southern Region of The College Board.
Jackie Ducote, community leader and LSU Manship School Hall of Fame honoree, is known for her distinguished career as one of the most accomplished communication experts of our time. Ducote was the first female President of the Public Affairs Research Council, the Executive Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, President of the Louisiana State University Manship School Alumni Board, and chair for the LSU Journalism Building renovation committee. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Ducote led the Public Policy Leadership Institute for SMHA and the 11-parish Rural Recovery Response. She is a long-time advocate for improving open meeting and public record laws in Louisiana.
Ducote is a two-time LSU graduate with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Library & Information Science. As the chair for the LSU Journalism Building renovation, she was instrumental in obtaining the project’s funding. Ducote currently leads Jacklyn Ducote and Associates, LLC, a Baton Rouge based company that specializes in the archiving of company records.
Carolyn Hargrave’s outstanding academic leadership in higher education provided a statewide network cooperative for resource sharing among Louisiana academic libraries. Dr. Hargrave’s 45-year career at LSU began in 1968 as Assistant Professor in the College of Business; her administrative assignments commenced in 1974 as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, followed in 1981 as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. During her ten years in this position, the longest tenure in LSU’s recent history, Hargrave helped LSU implement its first admission requirements and launch major initiatives strengthening both promotion and tenure and research.
In 1997, after serving again almost a year as LSU’s Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, she was appointed by the Louisiana Board of Regents as Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs. Here, she helped initiate a major effort to strengthen teacher education programs at Louisiana colleges and universities. In 2003, Hargrave came out of retirement to accept an appointment as Vice President for Academic Affairs for the LSU System. In addition to having oversight of all academic, research, and tech transfer matters, she worked closely with LSU medical campuses to develop and implement a statewide electronic health records system; in 2011, LSU became the first statewide, public health care network in the US to deploy electronic health records at all its hospitals.
Laura F. Lindsay, PhD, Professor Emerita, has been a powerful advocate for women across Louisiana. In June 2013, she retired as founding dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, culminating more than 35 years of service to our university. Working in academia for 43 years, Lindsay held various faculty positions including Interim Provost from 2002-2003, and Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs from 1989-1999.
As a passionate innovator, Dr. Lindsay set into motion a strong diversity agenda to close the achievement and opportunity gap in the state of Louisiana. Significantly increasing access to higher education at LSU for students of color, first generation students, and under-resourced students, Dr. Lindsay spent her career in service of others. She has been awarded $1M in federal and state grants and was the principal investigator for creating an interactive telecommunication link among the five LSU System campuses for delivery of academic courses and degree programs. She has served as role model and mentor for others by demonstrating compassionate, servant-leadership in higher education.
Russell Mosely, great grandson of Huey Long, always keeps his love for Baton Rouge and our university at the forefront of his vision as an eloquent keeper of the Long legacy. He is the founder and developer of Long Farm Village and owns Mosely Law Firm, L.L.C. Mosely is a current board member of the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition (former Board President), the Capital Area Finance Authority, the YMCA and the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame. Mosely has previously served on the boards of the Baton Rouge Food Bank (former Chairman), the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System (former Vice Chairman and Parliamentarian) and the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum.
Mosely is a two-time LSU alumnus with a Bachelor’s in Business and law degree from the LSU Law Center. He was named one of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013; in 2018, the Baton Rouge Coalition presented Mosely with its Distinguished Service Award.
As a college within Louisiana’s flagship university, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) impacts the lives of individuals in our state, nation, and the world through our research, service, teaching, and scholarship. We offer programs through our five schools: School of Education, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, School of Kinesiology, School of Library & Information Science, and School of Social Work. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,700 undergraduate and 763 graduate students. The college is home to the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) which enrolls 175 children ages six weeks to four years old and recognized as a NAEYC accredited institution. The University Laboratory School (ULS) is also under the college umbrella, enrolling approximately 1,400 K-12 students. ULS was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Fall 2015. Additional centers and institutions within the college that improve quality of life across the lifespan include the Life Course and Aging Center, Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI), and Social Research and Evaluation Center.
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