Notable Alumni

Alice Craft-Kerney

Founder & Executive Director, Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic}
Class/Degree(s): Nationally recognized for her post-Katrina efforts at "V to the Tenth" celebration at the Louisiana Superdome in 2008

Arlanda J. Williams

Chair, Terrebonne Parish Council (first woman); Secretary, Louisiana Democratic Party; and President, Louisiana Police Jury Association Black Caucus (youngest ever elected)}
Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's, 2003; Master's, 2006

Audrey Hampton

Co-owner, Hamp's Construction}


Charmaine Marchand Stiaes

Louisiana State Representative, District 99}

David C. Perkins

Undersecretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs}

Dr. Louis Westerfield, J.D.

Class/Degree(s): Ph.D., J.D. 1971


Dr. Vera Triplett

Education Entrepreneur}

Class/Degree(s): Dr. Triplett spent years surveying the landscape from several angles: teacher, counselor, charter school network administrator, Recovery School District executive. She made the transition from educator to education entrepreneur, joining an energetic circle of school-focused startups in New Orleans with a pop-up camp called Noble Minds.

Frank Williams

Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Foundation}


Henderson Lewis Jr.

Superintendent, New Orleans Public Schools}



Jeffrey May

Deputy Director, National Neighbors}

Class/Degree(s): Former Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Jon D. Johnson

New Orleans City Councilman, District E, businessman}

Class/Degree(s): Former Louisiana State Senator, District 2

Keith Medley

Author, "We as Freemen: Plessy vs. Ferguson," "Black Life in Old New Orleans}



Lambert Boissiere, III

Commissioner, Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 3}


Lea Polk Montgomery

Vice Chair, Southern University System Board of Supervisors; member, New Orleans Aviation Board and Second Vice President/Financial Consultant, Solomon/Smith/Barney, Inc.}


Loretta Harrison

Owner, Loretta's Authentic Pralines}

Class/Degree(s): 1981


Louella Givens

Member, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education}


Lynn Foy

Educator and recipient of the 2008 Milken Educator Award}


Major Bernadine Weaver Kelly

First African-American female NOPD Officer to be promoted to Captain}



Marlon Defillo

Deputy Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department}


Michael Bruno

CPA and Managing Partner, Bruno & Tervalon, LLC}

Class/Degree(s): 1971

Oretha Castle Haley

Civil Rights Activist}



Patrick Dobard

Superintendent, Recovery School District}

Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's in Secondary Education

Rev. Avery C. Alexander

Civil Rights activist and former State Representative}


Richard Caiton Jr.

Former Member, Southern University System Board of Supervisors and East Bank Regional Assistant, Jefferson Parish Public Schools Student Services}



Ronald E. Gardner

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, LSU Health Sciences Center}

Class/Degree(s): 1969 Biology and Chemistry
Community stalwart Ronald E. Gardner advised former U.S. presidents and mayors; led and sat on numerous committees and boards; and was recognized as an organizer and a role model. Mr. Gardner, who died Sept. 22, 2015 after a long illness, was the vice chancellor for Administrative, Community & Security at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. The list of his contributions to this community and beyond is endless. For these reasons, the SUNO Foundation honored Mr. Gardner at the 2015 BASH.

Timolynn Sams

Executive Director, Neighborhoods Partnership Network and selected one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader}


Vera Warren-Williams

Owner, Community Book Center}



Warren J. Riley

Former Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department}

Class/Degree(s): Bachelor's 1998, Master's 2000

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