LSU Employee of 53 Years Honored with Career Service Award

Eli Jackson02/07/2018
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Civil Service League recently announced its honorees for the Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Career Service Award that included Eli Jackson, a 53-year veteran of the LSU Department of Residential Life. The Career Service Award is presented to employees in a classified merit system who have distinguished themselves by service over and above the call of duty.

Jackson started working as a custodian at LSU in 1964 and continues today in Residential Life as a master locksmith. He’s witnessed the construction of Miller Hall and Herget Hall in his tenure at LSU, and his commitment to service remains consistent throughout the half century of work.

 “Every day Mr. Eli strives to serve the students, parents, and guests of LSU with impeccable attention to detail, steadfast work ethic, and a dependability that is rare. During the historic flooding in August 2016, Mr. Eli was one of six housing employees able to make it to campus to secure buildings for the 5,000 residents,” said Celena Trahan, LSU Residential Life associate director of housing operations.

Jackson said, “It’s all about helping people. It’s been a joy for me all these years. I just feel great to come and help people do things.”

Director of Housing Karen Rocket said, “Eli helps train newer employees on technical aspects of their jobs, but more importantly he is a role model for them. They see his strong work ethic, servant leadership, and concern for our residents, and they want to be like him. His interactions have long-term impact on his civil-service colleagues and help everyone at the university see the valuable role they play.”

The 12 honorees for 2017 attended a luncheon in their honor in New Orleans, La., where Daniel Sullivan, executive vice president of the Civil Service League, presented the awards.

Learn more about Jackson’s storied career from an interview at his 50th anniversary celebration in The Daily Reveille.




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LSU Residential Life


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LSU Media Relations