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Loyola AVP of Financial Affairs joins conference on Gulf Coast credit challenges

December 10, 2010

Leon Mathes, associate vice president for Loyola’s Office of Financial Affairs, recently was part of a panel discussion about the financial challenges that still exist in the local university sector in a post-Katrina landscape.

The panel was part of the Gulf Coast Credit and Challenges Conference held on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans, presented by the Southern Municipal Finance Society. The conference addressed recent Gulf disasters and what can be done to prevent them or mitigate destruction. Several break out panels examined their impact on the transportation, housing, healthcare and university sectors.

Mathes made assessments of both the improving conditions and on-going challenges that still exist in the region as they relate to local universities. He was joined on the panel by Todd Barre of the Louisiana Board of Regents, Doug Harrell of Tulane University, and Toby Cortez of Sisung Securities.

The conference had an all-star speaker line-up, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana Commissioner Paul Rainwater, environmental activist King Milling, and Bloomberg News correspondent Lizzy O’Leary. Its purpose was to enable the analysts and portfolio managers in attendance to make better informed decisions about the debt issued by the Gulf States and local agencies.

The Southern Municipal Finance Society is a constituent society of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA). NFMA is a not-for-profit association that promotes professionalism in municipal credit analysis and seeks to further the skill level of its members through educational programs and industry communication. Its membership includes nearly 1,000 municipal professionals located throughout the country.

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