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Levert to receive honorary degree next weekend

May 6, 2011

John B. Levert Jr., emeritus member of the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business at Loyola’s Unified Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

Levert is the retired chief executive officer of Howard Weil Labouisse Friedrichs, Inc., a premier energy investment bank. He currently serves as president of Tripp Corporation, United Lands Company, Inc., and as a director of Evangeline Farms, Inc., which owns and breeds Paso Fino horses.

After graduating from Tulane University in 1954 and serving in the United States Army, Levert’s distinguished business career began when he became a salesman for the Carl E. Woodward Construction Company in 1956. In 1958, Levert started working for Metal Building Products in Harvey, La., where he eventually became the executive vice president of the company. He joined Howard Weil in 1970, was elected president in 1975, and was appointed chairman and CEO in 1977.

Levert has had a long and dedicated involvement with Loyola University New Orleans, most recently co-founding the College of Business’ Center for Spiritual Capital and serving as an active adviser for the center. “Right is right even if nobody is doing it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it,” says Levert, and it’s a philosophy he follows as one of southeast Louisiana’s most successful businessmen.

Levert is a member of Loyola's Heritage Society and the Society of St. Ignatius and served on the university’s board of trustees from 1989 until 1997. He was elected as an emeritus trustee in 2009.

He is an active member of the New Orleans business community, and has been affiliated with many organizations including the United Way, the Public Affairs Research Council, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce's Business Council and Economic Development Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Business Task Force on Education. For his commitment to the community and his fellow man, he received the Papal Knight of St. Gregory Award in 1989 and the Humanitarian Award from the Arthritis Foundation in 1989.

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