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Dr. Robert “Bobby” Savoie will serve as interim dean of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Business

By Loyola University on Fri, 12/01/2023 - 11:16

Loyola University New Orleans is delighted to announce Dr. Robert “Bobby” Savoie (M.B.A. ’81) as the interim dean of the College of Business effective January 1, 2024. Savoie’s storied career as a researcher, inventor and entrepreneur coupled with his servant-heart and can-do spirit uniquely position him to serve the Loyola in this role.

Savoie’s entrepreneurial spirit is best known for the launching of several successful global business ventures. Most recently he was the CEO of Geocent, LLC, an information technology and engineering services company that works with government and commercial clients. Savoie founded the Integrated Resources Group (IRG) in 1986 and served as its CEO until the firm merged with Science & Engineering Associates (SEA) in 1997. Savoie then served as CEO of SEA until its merger with ITS Services, Inc. to form Apogen in 2004.

Core to his success in business has been a hard work ethic learned from his family and operating within a framework grounded in Jesuit values that served the good of his employees, clients and local community. His deep and trusted relationships in the business, innovation, and research communities will open doors of opportunity for Loyola’s faculty, staff and students. 

A life long learner, Savoie earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from LSU, an M.B.A. at Loyola University New Orleans and, after 28 years as an engineer, he returned to academia to pursue his Ph.D. and to devote more time to civic and humanitarian activities. He served on Loyola University’s Board of Trustees for nine years before being elected Vice-Chair of the board in 2017 and then Chair in 2018 and 2019. He also served on the boards of the UNO Foundation, LSU Health Foundation, Idea Village, Greater New Orleans, Inc., BioDistrict New Orleans, the National World War II Museum, Atlantic Council of the United States, the Louisiana Technology Council, the U.S. Small Business Technology Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Isidore Newman School. 

Savoie was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service medal, the highest award bestowed by NASA on a non-NASA employee.