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Four new Board of Trustees members announced at Loyola

Loyola press release - July 10, 2002

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans announces the selection of four new members to its Board of Trustees. They are Alton F. Doody, president of The Alton F. Doody Company, New Orleans; Desiree Glapion Rogers, senior vice president of Peoples Energy Corporation and its utility subsidiaries, Chicago, Ill.; Earnrolyn Smith, an information professional consultant with Lexis/Nexis Academic & Library Solutions, St. Louis, Mo.; and Frances S. Smith, owner and proprietor of the Soniat House Hotel in the French Quarter.

Officers for the 2002-2003 Loyola Board of Trustees are Donna D. Fraiche, chair; Jerome J. Reso, Jr., vice chair; Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J., secretary/treasurer; and Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., president of Loyola.

Alton F. Doody, is the founder and president of The Alton F. Doody Co., a private investment management company in New Orleans. Doody began his worldwide consulting practice in 1964. His clients have included international consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and service companies. He is the founder of Retail Planning Associates and co-founder of Applied Retail Systems, both with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

Doody serves as a director of Newell-Rubbermaid, Bravo Development Corporation, Grant Investments, Inc., Hyde Park Restaurants, Inc., and Pet People, Inc. He is co-founder of Management Horizons, Inc., now a division of PriceWaterhouseCooper, LLP.

Doody earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He then re-ceived a master’s degree in business administration and doctorate from The Ohio State Uni-versity, where he was a professor of marketing until 1972. He has co-authored several marketing textbooks and written articles for academic journals.

He served as a trustee of Ohio Wesleyan University and of The Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. He is an active member of The Young Presidents Organization.

Doody serves on the College of Music Visiting Committee and has hosted special events for the school. He is a New Orleans native.

Desiree Glapion Rogers, a New Orleans native living in Chicago, Ill., is senior vice president of Peoples Energy where she leads the utilities’marketing, sales, rates, and customer care operations. She is also responsible for the departments of media relations, corporate communications, corporate contributions, community affairs, and city governmental relations. She joined Peoples Energy in 1997 as vice president of corporate communications.

Before joining Peoples Energy, she was director of the Illinois Lottery. Under her direction, the lottery achieved sales records for four years.

Rogers received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.

She is active in numerous Chicago civic organizations, serving as a member of the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago and as chair of the Children’s Museum for three years. She is a trustee of WTTW and on the executive committee of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Earnrolyn “Lynn” Smith, began her career as a law reference librarian at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., where she now resides. She is currently an information professional consultant with Lexis/Nexis Academic & Library Solutions, where she supervises training personnel for 19 states including Louisiana.

Smith earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1993. Upon graduation, she continued her education at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she received her M.S.L.I.S. degree. She earned a juris doctor degree from St. Louis University Law School.

A member of the Missouri Bar and the Mound City Bar associations, she is also active in the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, where she serves on the Tomorrow’s Lawyers Committee, to encourage interest in minority students in the law as a profession. Smith also serves on the Scholarship Committee of The Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis.

Smith is also a member of the NAACP and the Altrusa International St. Louis Club, a professional/community service organization.

Frances S. Smith and her husband, Rodney R. Smith, are the owners and proprietors of the historic Soniat House Hotel and Antiques Gallery in the New Orleans’ French Quarter. The 33-room hotel has gained an international reputation and was named as one of the 10 best small hotels in America by CondéNast Traveler. The antique gallery sells English, French and Louisiana antiques.

A native of Baton Rouge, Smith received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University New Orleans and completed two years post graduate work at the Sorbonne in French history and literature. She served on the College of Business Administration Visiting Committee and currently serves on the visiting committee for the College of Music.

A dedicated supporter of many cultural and civic organizations including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Jewish Community Center, Boys Hope and the Preservation Resource Center. She is a former member of the board of trustees of Lazarus House.

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