LSU Alumni Association names 6 to Hall of Distinction


The LSU Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinction will induct an Olympian, a construction CEO and a former associate athletic director, among others, later this month.

The university announced on Wednesday that this year’s inductees are: Lolo Jones, an American track-and-field and bobsled athlete; Newtron Group founder, owner and CEO Newton Thomas; Herbert H. “Herb” Vincent Jr., SEC associate commissioner of communications; J. Patrick Mulhearn, executive director of Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge; J. Tinsley Oden, vice president of research at the University of Texas at Austin; David M. Suarez, president of the Atlantic Company of America.

An official ceremony will be held March 27 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Including the latest inductees, the LSU Alumni Association has recognized 280 LSU graduates through its Hall of Distinction.

Details on the inductees from LSU:

- Thomas, who was named Alumnus of the Year, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU in 1967. In 1973, with two fellow LSU electrical engineering graduates, he formed what is now the Newtron Group, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned specialty industrial construction companies.

- Jones, who was named Young Alumna of the Year, graduated from LSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s in economics. She has competed in three Olympics.

- Vincent got a bachelor’s degree in journalism from LSU in 1983. He previously served as LSU’s associate vice chancellor for communications and university relations and senior associate athletic director.

- Mulhearn obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU in 1997 and a master’s in liberal arts in 2000. He is founder and past president of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association.

- Oden earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at LSU in 1959. He is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.

- Suarez got his bachelor’s degree in architecture at LSU in 1978. He has 30 years of experience in the preservation of historic structures.