The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association announced that Roy Glapion is the recipient of the 2015 UNO Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award. Glapion will be honored at a reception on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport atrium as part of UNO's 2015 Alumni Week.
Glapion is a professional engineer who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UNO in 1987. He is currently vice president of The Beta Group, an engineering and construction firm that specializes in materials testing. Previously, he served as co-founder and president of Citywide Testing and Inspections, Inc., where he employed more than 100 people across Southeast Louisiana. Under his leadership, the company provided crucial services to numerous economic development and public infrastructure projects that impacted business and government sectors across the region.
In addition to his successes in business, Glapion serves as chairman of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. He is a member of the boards of directors of the UNO Research and Technology Foundation, the Delgado Foundation, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and the UNCF New Orleans Leadership Council, among others. He is a Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame laureate and a recipient of the Young Leadership Council's Role Model Award and the UNO Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Service Award.
The 2015 UNO Distinguished Alumni Celebration will salute UNO's accomplished alumni and recognize the extraordinary educational, professional and economic contributions made by more than 75,000 UNO graduates in the region and throughout the world. Past recipients of the award, including Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Al Jazeera America senior executive producer Kim Bondy, Gambit Communications chairman Clancy DuBos and former Lt. Gov. Melinda Schwegmann, will also be honored.