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Duplessis to Speak at May 18 Commencement

LSU Board of Supervisors member Anne D. Duplessis will be the commencement speaker at LSU Eunice's ceremonies later this month.

LSU Eunice's Spring Commencement is May 18 at 10 a.m. in the university's Health and Physical Education building's gymnasium.

Duplessis is currently the interim Executive Director for the historic New Orleans French Market Corporation, the cultural, commercial and entertainment treasure of the Crescent City.

She has over 25 years banking experience retiring in June 2010 as Senior Vice President of Liberty Bank and Trust.

In 2002, she was elected to the Louisiana State Senate for District 2 in eastern New Orleans and the lower 9th Ward. She served as the Chair of the Commerce Committee and Treasurer and Senate Whip for the Black Caucus. She also served on the Insurance Committee and was vice chair of the Local & Municipal Committee.

In 2010, Duplessis retired from the state senate when she was appointed to serve as the Deputy Chief Administrative Office for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. As Deputy CAO, she managed multiple departments that delivered vital city services.

Governor Bobby Jindal named her to the LSU System Board of Supervisors in 2012.

She sits on various community boards and commissions including the Louisiana Small Business Development Advisory Board, the Louisiana Partnership for Women and Children and the Louisiana Notary Commission. In 2013, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne presented her with the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award.

Delessis attended the LSU Graduate School of Banking and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

She has been married to Virgil Duplessis for 29 years. They have three daughters, Brooks, Lindsey and Heather and three granddaughters -Camille, Brooklyn and Sydney.

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April 29, 2013