SU AD, alumnus 2012 Business Reportís Forty Under 40 honorees
- 11/29/2012 -
Southern University athletic director William Broussard and SU alumnus Eric Lewis are among the Baton Rouge Business Report's 2012 Forty Under 40 honorees.
Since 1994, the Business Report has been spotlighting young, rising stars of the Capital Region with its annual Forty Under 40 honors. More than 230 nominations and applications were submitted to Business Report for consideration this year, and prominent members of the business community were involved in the selection process.
Broussard, 33, who came to SU in March to lead the athletic program, was previously athletics director at Centenary College in Shreveport. A 2000 graduate of the Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University, Broussard earned a master's in 2002 and doctorate in rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of the English language in 2007 from the University of Arizona. While in graduate school, he served as an undergraduate instructor, research supervisor, and held positions in athletics and student life. He also gained academic experienced as a faculty member at Pima Community College in Tuscon.
Broussard, a graduate of Crowley High School, returned home to Louisiana and his alma mater to serve as associate athletic director for external relations as well as the executive director of the NSU Athletic Association in 2007.
During his four and a half-year stint at Northwestern State, Broussard was an active leader in the community, serving on the Executive Board of the Boys and Girls Club and is a past president of the Natchitoches Lions Club.
As an undergraduate, Broussard was a varsity letter winner for NSU;s Division I football team from 1997-2000. A two-time All-American center, Broussard was a member of the All-Conference, All-Louisiana, All-District teams and received several notable awards for his success both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Lewis is the state director of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Option (BAEO). Prior to joining BAEO, Eric helped to launch Sable International, a consulting firm based in Baton Rouge. Lewis has more than a decade of experience in product development, process improvement, and customer relations, having worked for Bechtel, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, and McKesson.
Lewis is currently board president of the Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce and a deacon at the Way of Holiness Ministries in Jackson and Baton Rouge. He has also served on the Dean's Advisory Council for LSU's E.J. Ourso College of Business, the Advisory Board of the YWCA, the Advisory Board of Desire Street Academy, and the boards of Riz-Up Louisiana, Forum 35, and the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP.
A native of Baton Rouge and a Glen Oaks High School graduate, Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Southern University and a MBA from Louisiana State University. He also is an alumnus of multiple leadership development programs including Leadership Greater Baton Rouge and the Duke-Southern University Effective Leadership Institute, which has allowed him to travel to Africa on two occasions.