BR attorney elected SUAF national president - Friday, July 11, 2014
Southern University Alumni Federation (SUAF) elected Opelousas,
Louisiana native Preston J. Castille Jr. national president at its
national conference in Houston, Texas, July 11, 2014.
1990 Southern University and A&M College graduate, is a business
lawyer with the Baton Rouge law firm Taylor Porter. He previously held
the post of legal counsel of the SUAF. Castille, a 1994 graduate of the
Tulane University Law School, also is an adjunct law professor with
Southern University and Louisiana State University law schools. He was
previously appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as judge
pro tempore with the Baton Rouge City Court.
"I really love
Southern University and I am looking forward to working with all of our
very gifted graduates. I am grateful for this opportunity and I am
extraordinarily excited about our future," Castille said.
members of the SUAF executive team announced at the conference include
LaQuitta R. Thomas, Dallas, Texas, first vice president; Betty J.
Fuller, Baton Rouge, second vice president; Pamela Burleigh, Baton
Rouge, third vice president; James Mahomes, Baton Rouge, chaplain;
Patricia Johnson, College Park, Georgia, parliamentarian; and Janet St.
Cyr Moore, Baton Rouge, sergeant-at-arms. Four officers were appointed:
Shayla McCullough, Washington, D.C., executive assistant to the
president; Macqueline Joseph, Florissant, Missouri, recording secretary;
Denise M. Armstrong, Houston, Texas, treasurer; and Edward "Ted" James,
Baton Rouge, legal counsel.
"The leaders of the Southern
University Alumni Federation have worked tirelessly to promote and help
Southern University in whatever way possible," said Robyn Merrick,
director of alumni affairs and executive director SUAF. "These new
officers will continue that tradition and will do an outstanding job
leading our organization and representing our alumni."
past national president, Dennis S. Brown, said, "Southern University is a
very unique institution and its alumni are no less unique. I commend
Preston and the new executive team and look forward to continuing to
build a stronger Alumni Federation and Southern University."
hit the ground running, literally," added Castille, who also serves as
president of the Southern University Laboratory School Foundation and
former president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Southern
University Student Government Association. "There is much to do at this
critical juncture in the University’s history and none of it can be done
without the committed support of the alumni."
Castille is married to Marian Callier Castille, and they have three children, Preston III "Trey," Jillian, and Abigail.