Dr. Raymond Authement was honored tonight with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Louisiana CLI & Limb Salvage Club at their September meeting.
Dr. Authement was unable to make the event due to not feeling well, but his brother accepted on his behalf.
The VIP reception was held at the Atchafalaya Ballroom in Ul's Student Union tonight. The organization celebrated the impacts Dr. Authement's contributions in the fields of post-secondary education, francophone studies, biological and environmental sciences, technology and nursing, among many others.
As the longest-tenured university president in the United States, Dr. Authement was the driving force behind making UL the world-class learning institution it is today.
Over the course of 34 years, Dr. Authement logged a long list of firsts, positioning the University at the forefront of research and innovation.
One of Dr. Authement's achievements was making UL the first university in the country to offer a bachelor's degree in telecommunications.
He also brought the school a birthing lab with computerized patient simulators to help train nursing students.
Dr. Authement's brother explained why he's so proud of his brother.
"I've been so proud of him all of my life, watching him, his vision, and just the role model that he is for our family."