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Pody to give commencement address

Released: 05/16/2005

Elton Pody, executive vice president of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker for LSU Alexandria’s Spring 2005 Commencement.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in the gymnasium of the campus Fitness Center/Physical Education Building. Approximately 152 students are expected to receive diplomas.

Pody, a Ruston native, has been the chamber’s executive vice president since 1991. He oversees the chamber’s many administrative functions and is responsible for its economic development efforts.

He was instrumental in the creation and success of England Authority, which formed following the closure of England Air Force Base. Pody most recently was credited with playing a role in recruiting Startek and Union Tank Car to Central Louisiana.

Pody is a native of Ruston who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University. He served as mayor of Ruston from 1982 to 1990 before moving to Central Louisiana.