Hall of Distinction Class of 2004-2005

Roland M. Toups is chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Industries Group, L.L.C., an $800 million industrial services firm specializing in construction, maintenance, pipe fabrication, equipment and rigging operations. Turner Industries, which operates both domestically and overseas, is ranked as number 369 on the list of Forbes 500 Largest Private Companies.

Toups is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1961.

Early in his career, Toups served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force where he worked in the development of the U.S. Space Program and Defense Systems of the Atlas/Titan Missiles. He has also worked for Ethyl Corporation, serving as project manager of a multi-million dollar Hydrocarbon Expansion Project at the company’s Baton Rouge plant.

Toups has served as chairman of numerous organizations including the Louisiana State Board of Regents, the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, United Way Board of Directors, the United Way General Campaign, the Mayor’s Anti-Drug Task Force, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Law Enforcement Initiative “Project Exile”. He also chaired the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, and Our Lady of Mercy Church Pastoral Council. In addition, Toups has served as president of the Baton Rouge Industrial Contractors Association, Ethyl Corporation’s Management Club, and the Instrument Society of America.

Other numerous boards include the LSU College of Business Advisory Board, the Council for a Better Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Water Works, Louisiana Arts & Sciences Center, the Public Affairs Research Council and Junior Achievement.

Toups has received the Inter-Civic Council’s Golden Deeds Award as Outstanding Citizen of the Year and has been named Fundraiser of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In addition, he has been inducted into LSU’s Construction Management Hall of Fame and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech. He was also the 2004 recipient of the Dean George C. Griffin Award for Outstanding Community Service – an honor awarded annually to an alumnus of Georgia Tech.

Toups is married to the former Kathryn (Kay) Beasley and together they have two children, Stephen M. Toups and Suzanne T. Adler. The Toups also have six grandchildren: Matthew, Stephanie, Kathryn, Shelby, Allison and Roland II.