Hall of Distinction Class of 1993-1994

Donald H. Daigle, a native of Church Point, Louisiana, is a 1963 chemical engineering graduate of LSU. He began his career with Exxon as a summer intern in the Baton Rouge Refinery in 1962. Immediately after graduation, he rejoined the Baton Rouge Refinery where his technical assignments concentrated on trouble shooting and optimizing refinery process unit operations, as well as design and economic evaluation of refinery capital investments. In 1967, he became supervisor of a group of engineers providing technical support to operations and was subsequently assigned operations supervisory responsibility for the catalytic cracking and hydrocracking process units.

He transferred to the Exxon USA Headquarters in Houston in 1970 as a senior staff planner, first responsible for capital investment planning and then responsible for near-term operating program development and implementation for the Exxon USA refining circuit.

In 1973, he returned to the Baton Rouge Refinery as a technical department head; he then headed up a major operations department before becoming refinery Technical Manager in 1976 and Operations Manager in 1978.

He returned to Houston in 1980 in the Supply Department, managing the development and implementation of the operating programs for the Exxon USA logistics system. In August, 1983, he became manager of Exxon Baton Rouge Refinery, and in July 1988, he assumed his present position.

Currently, Mr. Daigle is Vice President, Exxon Engineering, Exxon Research and Engineering Company. The role of Exxon Engineering is to provide capital project development and implementation support, to develop and assist in the application of engineering technology, and to provide general technical operations support to Exxon’s worldwide downstream operations. Exxon Engineering is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, with branch offices in Leatherhead, England; Toronto, Canada; Baytown, Texas; and Singapore.

Daigle has maintained an active interest in engineering education. He is currently Chairman of the LSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the LSU Foundation. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Council of the U.S. Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Manhattan College Department of Chemical Engineering Consultors Committee, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Overseers and the North Carolina A&T State University Board of Visitors. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Societies.

Over the years, his civic and community activities have included membership in a number of organizations, including the Morris County N.J. YMCA Advisory Council, the Baton Rouge YMCA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry , the Executive Committee of the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Managers Association, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, 1988 President of the Capital Area United Way Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Public Affairs Research Council, the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers, the Board of Directors of Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, the LSU Business School Partnership Board, the Executive Board of the Istrouma Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Foundation Board of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

Daigle is married to the former Geraldine Bourgeois of Church Point, Louisiana and they have three children. Their daughter, Sandy, received her PhD in Psychology in 1933 from the University of Tennessee and is a psychologist with the Houston, Texas Independent School District. Paul, a 1994 LSU MBA graduate, is with Turner Industries, Ltd., in Baton Rouge, and Chuck is in the second year of the LSU MBA program.