Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2014

UNO to Name University Center Ballroom after State Sen. Ted Hickey

He Was Instrumental in University's Establishment and Name Change

The University of New Orleans will name its University Center ballroom after State Sen. Theodore "Ted" M. Hickey, a champion of the institution who played an instrumental role in establishing UNO as well as changing its name. The request was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board on Oct. 24.

"As both the President and an alumnus of the University of New Orleans, I am indebted to Sen. Ted Hickey and his longtime advocacy of the University," said President Peter J. Fos. "I hope that by honoring him in this way, more members of the UNO community will appreciate what he meant to the University."

Hickey (1910-1993) served as a state legislator for nearly 30 years and represented the district in which the University of New Orleans is located. In the 1950s, Hickey fought to create a public university in what was then the largest metropolitan area in the United States without one. He helped draft Act 60 of the 1956 Louisiana Legislature, which officially established the new institution.

In 1958, UNO opened as Louisiana State University in New Orleans. In recognition of the University's need to grow and control its own destiny, Hickey co-authored the 1973 senate resolution in support of changing the University's name to the University of New Orleans. The change, which was approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors in 1974, was a milestone in UNO's history.

"My family and I are most grateful to see Sen. Ted Hickey's memory honored in such a way by the University of New Orleans and the University of Louisiana System Board," said George Kadair III, Hickey's grandson. "He was very proud of the work he did throughout the years on behalf of UNO."

Throughout his political career, Hickey was an ardent supporter of projects that encouraged UNO's growth, notably the construction of the earliest permanent buildings on campus. Homer Hitt, the founding chancellor of UNO, called Hickey "a tried and proven friend of UNO for many, many years."

The Sen. Theodore "Ted" M. Hickey Ballroom will be dedicated in a ceremony on December 18.


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