April 17, 2009

Art E. Favre has pledged $1.2 million to establish an endowed chair for the benefit of the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering (CMIE) at LSU in the College of Engineering. Once matched with state funds of $800,000, the chair will total $2 million.

The Art E. Favre Industrial Construction Chair will enhance educational quality and research in the field of industrial construction management. Favre’s leadership gift represents the largest commitment to the department from an individual. Leading comes naturally to him. Favre is a 1972 LSU graduate in construction – the inaugural graduating class.

Owner and president of Performance Contractors, Inc., Favre founded the industrial services company specializing in construction, maintenance, and pipe fabrication that serves refineries, petrochemical, chemical, and power industries. The firm is headquartered in Baton Rouge with offices in Lake Charles, Freeport, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama.LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin acknowledged Favre’s unparalleled support to the CMIE department and College of Engineering that has and will continue to make a positive impact on LSU students and research.

“Art Favre’s gift supports the education of future leaders in the construction industry to safely build the next generation petro-chemical facilities. We must look to the future and take action to keep pace with advancements in industry and technology, to compete with peer institutions, and to advance our position of national prominence,” Martin said.

Over the years, LSU has played a major role in providing quality staffing candidates to Performance Contractors, and Favre has been active in supporting the university and the College of Engineering. He contributes much of his time as an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, the chair of the Forever LSU Campaign Steering Committee for CMIE as well as the recent Dean’s Search Committee. A founding member of the Construction Industry Advisory Council, Favre has served as past president and currently serves on the board of directors. Favre is a member of the LSU Alumni Association, the LSU Foundation, and Tiger Athletic Foundation. In 2007, Favre was inducted into the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.

“LSU started the Construction Management curriculum during my sophomore year, and I found a pathway to fulfill my educational objective. The knowledge instilled in me by the dedicated faculty at LSU has served me well throughout my career. My first job opportunity after graduation was with a Baton Rouge based general industrial contractor. The disciplined thought processes toward problem solving taught at LSU, coupled with several great mentors within industry, allowed me to learn the unique characteristics of industrial construction early in my career,” said Favre.

Tom Ray, CMIE Chair, said, “Our program’s success has much to do with support from the construction industry and Art Favre has always led the way. Art’s generosity of his time and resources are immeasurable to the department. His gift will enable our faculty to provide the best instruction in industrial education and to conduct important research within the industrial sector.”

Favre said, “I contribute a significant portion of my professional success to the educational foundation I received at LSU. As our company has grown, we have continued to look toward LSU as a provider of quality personnel to expand our company’s capabilities. The better student product the CMIE Department produces, the easier it becomes for us to reach our corporate goals. Undergraduate education coupled with cutting edge research, yield an excellent return on our contribution dollars.”

“LSU has been very fortunate to have Art Favre as the chair of our CMIE campaign steering committee,” said Maj. Gen. William Bowdon, president and CEO of the LSU Foundation. “Having the guidance of a construction business leader like Art is critical to the long-term development of our construction management curriculum at LSU. Our College of Engineering students directly benefit from the involvement and generosity of alumni like Art.”

Support for LSU CMIE, like that shown by Art Favre, helps the College of Engineering move closer to its Forever LSU Campaign goal of attaining $100 million in support for the college by the end of the year 2010. To find out how you can become involved, visit www.eng.lsu.edu/alumni/contribute.html or www.foreverlsu.org.

Article by Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu


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