Thursday, Jan. 30, 2013

Geocent CEO Bobby Savoie Named 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Geocent CEO Bobby Savoie Named 2013 Distinguished AlumnusRobert “Bobby” Savoie, chief executive officer of Geocent, has been named the University of New Orleans 2013 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Robert "Bobby" Savoie, chief executive officer of Geocent, has been named the University of New Orleans 2013 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He will be presented with the award at a reception on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in New Orleans City Park.

Savoie earned a doctoral degree from UNO in engineering and applied science in 2009. He serves as CEO of Geocent, a Metairie-based information technology and engineering services company. Under his leadership, Geocent has grown by more than 400 percent and added more than 200 professionals in the past five years, while attracting millions of dollars in federal investment and research to greater New Orleans and the state.

Prior to Geocent, Savoie served as chief executive of successively larger companies while continuing to work as an engineer and consultant, primarily in nuclear power, defense and non-proliferation for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, several national nuclear laboratories and NASA.

He has served on the boards of the National World War II Museum, the UNO Foundation, Loyola University, GNO Inc., the Ochsner Health Foundation, the U.S. Small Business Technology Foundation and the J. Bennett Johnson Science Foundation.

He won NASA's 2011 Distinguished Public Service Medal—its highest civilian honor—and was named a Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2011 Laureate.

Presented annually by the UNO International Alumni Association, the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni whose accomplishments distinguish themselves in their fields, reflecting credit upon UNO and on alumni who have contributed significant service to their communities and to UNO. Previous honorees include Judge Jay Zainey, Peggy Scott and Errol Laborde, Kim Bondy, Clancy DuBos, Gary Solomon and Jim Clark.

Savoie will be presented with his award at a reception that will also honor students enrolled in the Students4HIGHER program, a private nonprofit initiative founded by UNO alumni Barry and Teresa Leblanc. Launched in 2010, the program helps qualified students enrolled in a public university earn an undergraduate degree in four years through a combination of scholarships, mentorship and internships.

 

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