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LED Secretary Stephen Moret to Address LSUA Graduation

Released: 11/16/2010

Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED), will be featured speaker at LSU Alexandria’s winter commencement on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Alexandria Riverfront Center.

Moret, a former president and chief executive officer of the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area Chamber, was appointed to his current position by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2008. LED is credited with attracting EA’s first North American test center, recruiting the first nuclear module manufacturing facility in the country, and landing Louisiana’s fifth Fortune 1000 company headquarters under Moret’s leadership. He also established Louisiana FastStart, an LED workforce development initiative.

“Part of our duty is preparing college graduates who will contribute to the economic strength of Central Louisiana,” said Dr. David Manuel, LSUA chancellor. “Stephen Moret is a very relevant and appropriate graduation speaker, and I believe his message will be well received by our graduates and the area business community.” Some 170 students are candidates for degrees at the graduation ceremony.

Moret, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering from LSU and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University, was the recipient of the Distinguished Research Award from the National Governmental Research Association while serving as a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. He also was recognized by the Ford Foundation as one of 30 Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellows in the United States.

The LSUA graduation speaker also has served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, a leading global consultancy for Fortune 500 companies and large public sector organizations. He recently was a contributing author to “Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas,” a book published by Brookings Institution Press.