BATON ROUGE – LSU alumni Deborah Augustine Elam and Roger H. Ogden, both of New Orleans, have joined the LSU Foundation Board of Directors.

“Deb and Roger are exceptional additions to our Board of Directors who bring professional expertise, volunteer experience and longstanding dedication to LSU. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our university as we work toward achieving LSU’s philanthropic potential,” said Board Chairperson Robert Stuart.

Elam recently retired as president of the GE Foundation and chief diversity officer for GE after 30 years of service. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from LSU and a Master of Public Administration from Southern University. Elam received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Clarkson University for her steadfast focus on individual talents and potential; for building teams that can do more than their members could accomplish separately; for elevating diversity and inclusion to a corporate value now shared by organizations worldwide; and for her service to all who believe in and work for a better future.

Among Elam’s many honors, she was recognized as one of The Network Journal magazine’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business and has received the Enhancing Perceptions in Culture Award by the White House Project and the Women of Power Award, which is given by the National Urban League to influential women in the civil rights, government, entertainment, journalism, sports and corporate sectors.

Ogden is co-founder of Stirling Properties, where he served as principal and CEO for 20 years. Throughout his career, he has led the development and acquisition of more than $450 million in commercial real estate properties, including the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel and the Shops at Canal Place. Ogden was student body president at LSU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, and he received a juris doctorate degree from Tulane Law.

Ogden’s extensive community service includes current board service to Greater New Orleans Inc., BioDistrict New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board. He is a past chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors and many other public and non-profit organizations and has donated his time and talents as a developer to several projects, including the LSU Business Education Complex. Dedicated to the arts, Ogden has served on the boards of the LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Ballet and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He donated more than 1,000 pieces of artwork to help found the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Elam and Ogden will serve four-year terms, which began Jan. 1, 2017.

The LSU Foundation cultivates and invests in philanthropic partnerships to advance LSU’s academic priorities. For more information about the LSU Foundation Board of Directors, visit

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