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LSU’s business school to boost energy industry education

Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business is adding a new program, and it’s perfect for the state’s essential role in America’s quest for energy independence.

The business school’s dean, Richard White, is working to add an energy studies minor as well as a Master of Business Administration specializing in the energy industry, according to The Daily Reveille, the LSU campus publication. The push for new programs is part of LSU’s Power Players campaign, which is designed to facilitate cooperative work between researchers at the university and energy industry professionals.

To promote the development of energy-focused programs and launch the Power Players initiative, four energy leaders are set to speak at LSU on Wednesday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The Energy Executive Panel will feature these top executives in the energy industry:

• Richard Alario, chairman, president and CEO of Key Energy Services
• Cornelius Dupré, chairman and CEO of Dupré Energy Services
• Maynard Holt, co-president and head of E&P IB Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC
• Matt McCarroll, president and CEO of Fieldwood Energy

By boosting the university’s emphasis on understanding the energy industry, White hopes to make graduating students more competitive in the market and excite them for careers in one of their home state’s vital employment sectors.

The Power Players campaign will forge forward despite statewide budget cuts being handed down from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office, which is effecting funding to Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

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