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PAR Elects New Board Members

PAR Elects New Board Members

Posted: 11/12/2004

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) recently elected six new members to its Board of Directors.

William Doré is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Industries, Ltd. He earned a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University with continuing education, including Harvard’s three-year Owner/President Management Program. Doré is past president of the Association of Diving Contractors, founder and past president of the Offshore Pipeline Contractors Association and past director of the National Ocean Industries Association. He is the recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 2000 Rhodes Petroleum Industry Leadership Award and the Association of Diving Contractors’ 1999 John B. Galletti Award. Doré serves on the M.D. Anderson Center’s Board of Visitors.

Brace B. Godfrey is a Partner with Adams and Reese, LLP, Baton Rouge. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Southern University and his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law School,magna cum laude. He is a graduate of “Leadership Louisiana” as well as “Leadership Baton Rouge” and is the founding president of 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge. He sits on the boards of the Baton Rouge Area United Way, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the General Health Systems Foundation and the National Executive Committee of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Godfrey is the past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Baton Rouge.

Virginia Noland is a community activist who has devoted countless hours to the Baton Rouge Area. She is especially interested in downtown redevelopment and the visual arts. Her current civic commitments include: chairperson of BREADA (Baton Rouge Economic Agricultural Development Alliance); member of the Shaw Center for the Arts Board; and a member of the Louisiana Art and Sciences Museum Board and recently served as the coordinator of the Josephine Exhibit. She is the immediate past chair of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Frederick B. Palmer, Manager-External Affairs, Shell Exploration and Production Company (SEPCo), New Orleans, earned a degree in political science from Salem (Massachusetts) State College. Prior to joining Shell, he was Regional Manager of Public and Government Affairs for the Southeast United States with Texaco, Inc. He also held responsibilities in the Corporate Communications Division during the twenty years that he was employed with Texaco, Inc. He has been with Shell since 2002. At Shell, he is responsible for providing public, media, social performance, reputation and local government relations support for Shell’s exploration and production operations.

Sean Reilly, Chief Operating Officer and President of the Outdoor Division, Lamar Advertising Company, Baton Rouge, graduated from Harvard University in 1984 and from Harvard Law School in 1989. He served as a State Representative in the Louisiana Legislature from 1988 to 1996. Reilly has served in various leadership positions on numerous non-profit and community boards. He is currently on the Board of Volunteer Baton Rouge, a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the Board of Visitors of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. He also serves on the Boards of Reserve Telephone Co., Inc. and Oneonta Telephone Co., Inc. and formerly served on the Board of Lamar.

George H. Wilson, Jr., President and CEO of Barriere Construction Co., LLC. New Orleans, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University. In 1986, he received his Executive MBA from Tulane University’s business school. He has played an active role in Louisiana Association of General Contractors (AGC), serving as Chairman of the New Orleans District during the 1992-1993 term and as Chairman of the Highway Division from 1996 to 1997. He is a former YMCA Board Member, a member of the Young President’s Organization and is active in the United Way Campaign.

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