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PAR Elects New Members to Board of Directors

The PAR Board of Directors elected two new members to the board. George Pietrogallo, Jr., and Freddie Pitcher, Jr., both of Baton Rouge, recently were elected for three-year terms ending in 2011.

Pietrogallo currently serves as the Baton Rouge Area Public Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil. He received his journalism and political science degree in 1981 from Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduation, he worked as an anchor, producer, managing editor, and general news, political and investigative reporter for stations in Huntsville, Alabama, Orlando, Florida and New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pitcher currently serves as Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University in 1966 and a juris doctor degree from Southern in 1973. Pitcher has a career of many firsts. He became the first African American elected to a judgeship in Baton Rouge with his election to the City Court in a city-wide election in April 1983. He was the first African American elected to the 19th Judicial District in a parish-wide election in 1987. In 1992, he achieved another first with his election to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, without opposition. Pitcher has also served as an associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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