FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (7/05)
Contact: Lynn Stewart or Kelsey Johnson, Centenary News Service, 318-841-7265
New Members Join Centenary College Board of Trustees in Fall 2005
SHREVEPORT, LA — Six new members have been elected to the Board
of Trustees of Centenary College of Louisiana: Charles Ellis Brown Jr.
of Shreveport, La.; Jerry M. France of Shreveport, La.; William Trimble
Green of Laurel, Miss.; Thomas E. "Tem" McElroy Jr. of Shreveport,
La.; Murray W. Viser of Shreveport, La.; and H. Alan Yokem of Shreveport,
This year's ex officio members are Centenary National Alumni Association
President Charles Grubb of Shreveport, La.; Shreveport District Superintendent
of the United Methodist Church Douglas Cain and Centenary Student Government
Association President Christopher Lavan of Lake Charles, La.
||Charles Ellis Brown Jr.
Ellis Brown works for Bayou State Oil Corp. in Shreveport. He graduated
from Centenary in 1979 with a B.S. in geology. He resides in Shreveport
with his wife, Bobra, daughter Alissa and sons Chris, Alan and Paul.
They are members at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church.
||Jerry M. France
Jerry France is a managing partner of Sabine Interests, L.L.C. He
received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1973. France resides
in Shreveport with his wife Sara. They have three children, Carter,
Clare and Erin, and attend St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Shreveport.
Among his civic activities, France is past president of the Cotillion
Club and the Shreveport Club. A member of the Christus Schumpert Health
Board and 8th Air Force Consultation Committee, he has served on several
advisory boards at Centenary.
||William "Bill" Trimble Green
Bill Green, a self-employed asset and investment manager, earned his
B.S. in business administration from Centenary in 1971. A resident
of Laurel, Miss., Green is married to Centenary alumna Barbara Treat
Green, Class of '71. The Greens have two children, a son, Trimble
and daughter, Catherine, Centenary Class of '99. Green has participated
in civic activities, including membership in BIPEC, Economic Development
Authority of Jones Co., Laurel Little Theater, Mississippi Independent
Producers & Royalty Owners and the National Association of Royalty
Owners. He also holds or has held leadership positions in the Eastman
Memorial Foundation, Jones County Forestry Association, Laurel Little
Theater, Rotary International, Rotary Club of Laurel and United Way
of the Pine Belt Region.
||Thomas E. "Tem" McElroy,
Tem McElroy is president and CEO of McElroy Metal, Inc., a manufacturer
and distributor of metal components for the construction industry.
McElroy earned his B.S. in physics from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A.
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He founded the National
Metal Construction Association and chairs the Community Foundation
of Shreveport-Bossier and Barksdale Forward. McElroy has received
many awards, including Ernst & Young's 1999 Louisiana Entrepreneur
of the Year award in manufacturing, the 1999 Business Leader of the
Year award from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the
1997 Small Business Person of the Year award from the Bossier Chamber
of Commerce. McElroy and wife Maggie have a son, Ian, and daughter,
||Murray W. Viser
Murray Viser received his B.S. in business adminstration and B.A.
in psychology from Centenary in 1977. He is the president and owner
of Viser Investments. His community affiliations include membership
on the Governor's Military Advisory Board and past president of the
Committee of 100. He serves as treasurer of the 8th Air Force consultation
committee, member of the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council
and immediate past chair of the Air Combat Command Commander's Group.
Viser is also president and chief operating officer of Barksdale Forward
and a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. He and wife Pat have
one daughter, Werner.
||H. Alan Yokem
In 1983, Alan Yokem earned his B.S. in business administration from
Centenary and returned to Centenary 10 years later to receive his
M.B.A. in 1993. Yokem is the owner and operator of the local car dealership,
Yokem Toyota. He serves as a board member of the North Shreveport
Lions Club, is a "We Care" team member for Shreveport Bossier
Community Renewal and attends Grace Community United Methodist Church.
He and wife Kelly have five children: Robert, Charles, Andrew, Thomas
Ex Officio Members
||Charles C. Grubb
Charles Grubb graduated from Centenary in 1968 with a B.A. in government
and received his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1971. Since graduation,
he has maintained a private law practice in Shreveport. He served
as city attorney for Shreveport from 1978-1982 and 1986-1990. He currently
serves as parish attorney for Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and he maintains
membership in the State Bars of Louisiana and Colorado. He served
for 35 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and recently retired as a command
sergeant major. He is currently a member of the Shreveport Rotary
Club and president of Centenary's National Alumni Association. Grubb
and his wife, Maureen have three children: Jennifer, Julie and Jason.
The family attends First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, where
Grubb currently serves as an elder.
||Douglas L. Cain
Doug Cain graduated from Centenary in 1971 with a B.A. in religion.
He went on to receive his master's of theology in 1975 from Southern
Methodist University. An ordained elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference
of the United Methodist Church, Cain has pastored United Methodist
churches since 1976. During the past 13 years, he served as senior
pastor at Natchitoches First United Methodist Church prior to his
appointment as Shreveport District Superintendent in June. Cain is
involved with the Louisiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
and Louisiana Conference Russia Initiative. He has served as the Booster
Club president of the Natchitoches Neptune USS Swim Team, president
of Natchitoches Central Athletic Booster Club and a member of Natchitoches
Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Martie, have three children: Jed, Brian
Chris Lavan is a senior psychology major at Centenary and will serve
as Student Government Association president for the 2005-06 academic
year. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and serves
as a resident assistant and Maroon Jackets member. He graduated from
St. Louis Catholic High School of Lake Charles, La.
The new trustees will attend their first meeting of the Centenary Board
at its next quarterly meeting, scheduled for Oct. 13.
Founded in 1825, Centenary is a private college affiliated with the United
Methodist Church. It offers a strong community that fosters a vibrant
intellectual atmosphere, enabling personalized, distinctive experiences
for students. Centenary programs follow a simple, yet highly effective
pattern — explore, invent, connect. All aspects of campus life encourage
students to investigate the unfamiliar, to solve problems imaginatively,
and to create connections to the rest of their world. Centenary students
are exceptionally well prepared to excel in their personal and professional
For more information, contact Connie Harbuck at 318-869-5101.
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