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Tanner Chosen "Woman of the Year"

Released: 04/02/2008

Laurie Tanner of Bunkie, executive assistant to the chancellor at LSU at Alexandria, has been chosen LSUA Woman of the Year. The award, the first of what will become an annual event, was presented as part of the university's Women's History Month program directed by Dessie Williams, coordinator of multicultural affairs.

Other finalists were Elizabeth Beard, instructor of English, and Renee' West, administrative coordinator.

Tanner "wears more hats than a Las Vegas showgirl with the efficiency and precision of a metronome ... (she) is to be admired for a 'can-do' attitude in the face of every maelstrom that comes her way ... (she) is an invaluable, versatile and fiercely loyal asset to the university," according to her nomination letter. Tanner, who started at LSUA in 1990, worked in the Division of Nursing and the Office of Academic/Student Affairs before her current assignment.

Williams said the award acknowledges the work of women at LSUA who demonstrate professionalism, work ethic and community involvement.