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Anderson Heads Institutional Advancement/LSUA Foundation

Released: 10/13/2009

Melinda Fitzgerald Anderson has been appointed executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement/LSUA Foundation, announced Dr. David Manuel, LSU Alexandria chancellor. The appointment is effective Oct. 26.

“Melinda will be an important catalyst as LSUA strengthens its alumni relationships, cultivates and stewards our wonderful donor support group and helps launch the university into its next 50 years,” said Manuel. “She has an impressive history of promoting several Central Louisiana ventures, executing special events and creating solutions for a wide array of constituent interests.”

Anderson has been director of the City of Alexandria’s Historic Preservation Commission since 2007. For 10 prior years she was manager/operator of Loyd Hall Plantation in Cheneyville, and she was director of sales for the Natchez (Miss.) Convention and Visitor’s Bureau from 1990-96.

“Working for LSU Alexandria was a professional and personal opportunity that I could not ignore,” Anderson said. “The 50th anniversary celebration (next year) of LSUA, the goals of the LSUA Foundation and expanding the relationship with alumni are priorities important to LSUA and the community it serves. The progress we seek in these areas will have a lasting impact on the university.”

Anderson replaces Missy Laborde, who held the interim position for several months following the resignation of Kay Casey. Laborde returned to the LSUA faculty as assistant professor of communication studies.