2018 Honorees

WWII Museum Freedom Pavilion - 2018

2019 Distinguished Alumni Gala

DATE:  Thursday, November 7, 2019

TIME:   7 - 10 PM

LOCATION:  The National WWII Museum - Freedom Pavilion


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 2019 Honorees

Distinguished Alumnus
Phillip R. May
President & CEO Entergy Louisiana, LLC











Phillip R. May is the president and chief executive officer of Entergy Louisiana, LLC, which serves more than one million electric customers in the state. He oversees the company’s customer service, regulatory and public affairs, resource planning, economic development programs, charitable contributions, and overall financial

May, who joined Entergy in 1986, served most recently as vice president of regulatory services where he was responsible for the development and implementation of system-wide regulatory strategies. Prior to that, he served as vice president of transition management and managing director of corporate strategic planning and analysis.

He serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; GNO, Inc.; The Louisiana Nature Conservancy; Teach for America of South Louisiana; City Year Baton Rouge; and Second Harvest Food Bank.

May received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He also completed the mergers and acquisitions program at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pa. 


 Distinguished Young Alumna
Roxanna Rodriguez-Torres
Director, Transnational Organized Crime, National Security Council

Roxanna Rodríguez-Torres is currently serving as the National Security Council’s Director for Transnational Organized Crime. Ms. Rodríguez-Torres began her career as a Counterintelligence Agent and linguist in 1998 with the Louisiana Army National Guard. In 2001, she became an analyst with the U.S. Customs Service and was a representative to the Office of National Drug Control Policy for actionable intelligence related to maritime cocaine trafficking.

Ms. Rodríguez-Torres has been with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since its creation and has served in a number of positions: an intelligence analyst assigned to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans; a first, second, and third-line supervisor with oversight of all-source intelligence analysts assigned to HSI Headquarters; and, as Chief of Staff for the HSI Office of Intelligence.

In 2018, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement Policy under the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans—managing critical policy issues across DHS and working with components, stakeholders, and foreign partners to address the evolving criminal and national security challenges confronting law enforcement and intelligence personnel.

Ms. Rodríguez-Torres received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of New Orleans and completed linguist certifications in Russian, Kurdish, and Spanish from the Department of Defense, Defense Language Institute.





















Colleges & Athletics Honorees

College of Business
Timothy J. Adams
President & CEO, SA-TECH

College of Liberal Arts, Education, & Human Development
Jan Aronson
Jan Aronson, Artist

College of Engineering
Riley M. Parker
Sr. Staff Control & Automation Engineer,
Shell Exploration & Production

College of Sciences
Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr.
Emma Moss Professor of Pathology,
LSU School of Medicine

Robert Randoll "Randy" Bush
Assistant General Manager, Chicago Cubs


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