July 6, 2006

Edward J. Steimel, Director of Development for the LSU College of Engineering, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2006. Steimel has worked as the Director of Development for the past 17 years, where he has been responsible for securing private financial support from industry and alumni in excess of $58 million dollars. Under his tenure the college has gained over 50 scholarship funds, 106 professorships, and 15 chairs. His retirement celebration will take place Thursday, June 29, from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at the LSU Faculty Club.

Steimel has been the visionary and driving force of many organizations to help improve Baton Rouge, over the past 50 years. He joined the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana in 1951 and was the executive director from 1954 to 1975. This private, non-profit, research organization studies governmental policy issues and widely publicizes its findings and recommendations.

In 1975, he was named president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). In this position, he was responsible for the development of the newly-created organization that strived to bring political balance to a state long-dominated by organized labor. Development of this organization entailed securing private financial support both for its operations and for its involvement in the elections of the 144 members of the legislature.

Steimel has been recognized with numerous honors and awards for his distinguished service and leadership skills. In 1956, he received the Golden Deeds Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Community.” His most recent award was for the Gruenberg Award for “unique and effective leadership in political and governmental research” presented by the National Governmental Research Association.

A native of Pocahontas, Arkansas, Steimel earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1949 from Arkansas State College. He also graduated from the Chamber of Commerce Executive Training Program. In 1953, he led the first fundraising effort and was the former spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Cerebral Palsy Center (now known as the McMains Children’s Developmental Center.) Steimel was on the center’s board for 30 years.

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