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SU alumna picked as Board chairman - Friday, November 23, 2012
The Southern University Board of
Supervisors today elected attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut of Reserve as
chairman for 2013 during it's regular meeting held in New Orleans.
who has been a member of the Board since February, is a graduate of
Southern University New Orleans and the Southern University Law Center.
The Board Friday also picked Patrick Bell of Thibodaux to serve as vice
The new officers replace Darren Mire, chairman for the
past two years, and Murphy Bell Jr., vice chairman for two terms, who
both continue to serve on the board.
"I truly appreciate this
appointment. I pledge to do what's in the best interest of our
institution. I will work hard to make sure we all work together to meet
that goal," said Dinvaut.
Dinvaut, an assistant district attorney
for St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney's Office, has more
than 16 years of law enforcement and legal experience. Dinvaut worked in
the St. John Parish Sheriff's Department as special investigator
(1986-1994), as U.S. Probation Officer with the Eastern District of
Louisiana-5th Circuit (1994-1998), a U.S. Probation Pre-sentence
investigator with the Eastern District of Louisiana (1998-2001), and the
Southern District of Florida-11th Circuit (2001-2002).
graduating with honors (magna cum laude) from the SU Law Center in 2005,
she worked as an associate attorney for Lemle & Kelleher in New
Orleans for five years before returning to her home parish in 2010 as an
assistant district attorney.
Dinvaut is a member of the
Louisiana State Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, Federal
Bar Association, and National Bar Association - Labor and Employment
Section. She is co-founder and secretary of the Rudolph G. Dinvaut
Athletic Foundation established in 2004 in honor of her late father, a
graduate of Southern University who was inducted into the school's
Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. She is an active member of Our Lady of
Bell, deputy commissioner for minority affairs at
the Louisiana Department of Insurance, has been a member of the Board of
Supervisors since 1998. He was previously government relations director
(Louisiana and Texas) for Capital One Financial Corporation and vice
president, government relations, Hibernia Corporation.
these Board members are respected for their work for Southern
University, professionally, and in the community. We are confident in
their leadership and fortunate to have them," said Mire.
Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and
Mechanical College serve to manage and supervise the Southern University