Giving Students a Jump Start

Gregory Haney attributes his success as a lawyer to his studies at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, which he says was formative for him and shaped his professional journey. “Everything I learned in my four years has given me the tools to use in my career,” he shared. “I don’t think I would have followed my career path in the law if it hadn’t been for Professor John L. Davidson. His curriculum helped me focus on pursuing law school.”

Haney’s experience at the college and in Davidson’s classes were what first motivated him to give back to his alma mater through a scholarship in Davidson’s name and, more recently, as a member of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Circle.

“I attended the business school on full scholarship,” he shared, adding, “I felt like I owed the university for where I am today, and what better way to do that than to help other E. J. Ourso College of Business students. The fact that I could do it in Professor Davidson’s name made it doubly meaningful for me.”

Launched in 2009, the Dean’s Circle is composed of committed alumni and friends. Members support the academic goals and strategic initiatives of the E. J. Ourso College of Business through an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

Haney has committed to give $1,000 per year for at least three years to the Dean’s Circle. In recognition of the impact the college has had on his own success, Haney hopes his gift will ensure the next generation of LSU business students is afforded the same quality of education he received.

Published in Cornerstone Summer and Fall 2013.

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