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Chatelain, Jenkins to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Released: 12/03/2010

Two Alexandria businessmen, Blake Chatelain and Michael Jenkins, will receive Distinguished Service Awards from LSU Alexandria at the university’s winter commencement Dec. 16 in the Riverfront Center. It will be only the third time that two people have received the award at the same graduation ceremony, and it brings the number of recipients to 13.

Chatelain, one of the founders of Red River Bank in 1999 and president/CEO of the 10th largest Louisiana-based bank, is the immediate past chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“Blake Chatelain is the consummate professional and serves as a wonderful role model for LSUA students. We are fortunate to count him as an advocate and champion,” said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. “His professional service to the banking industry, long-term commitment to higher education and distinguished service to Central Louisiana non-profit organizations tutor all of us.”

Chatelain, a native of Bunkie, has held leadership positions with Cenla Advantage Partnership, Rotary Club of Alexandria, United Way of Central Louisiana, Caring Peoples Pharmacy and Central Louisiana Red Cross. He is a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Jenkins, a graduate of Bayou Chicot High School, owns a financial services company. He is chairman of the LSUA 50th Anniversary Committee, which has overseen more than a dozen official events since January commemorating the university’s Golden Anniversary. Jenkins, a former president of the LSUA Foundation, shared creation of an endowed professorship in the Department of Business Administration.

“Mike Jenkins has consistently lent his considerable expertise and leadership to the LSUA Foundation, and he has repeatedly demonstrated his generosity for the benefit of students and faculty.” said Manuel. “We are most grateful for the untiring enthusiasm and organizational skills that he brought to this year’s commemorative celebration.”

Chatelain and Jenkins are both LSUA alumni with degrees from LSU.

Previous Distinguished Serve Award recipients are Roy O. Martin Jr., Virginia Martin Howard, Vinita Johnson Martin, Frances Bolton Davis, Scott O. Brame, Howard Mulder, Eloise Ferris Mulder, John “Jock” Scott, Charlie DeWitt, Joe McPherson and H. Rouse Caffey. LSUA began the award in 1994.