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How Mentoring Provided Framework For Boundless Involvement

By Jeff Jowdy
University of Georgia, ‘83
Foundation Chairman

templeDonald T. "Boysie” Bollinger (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71) has been named 2017 Phi Kappa Theta Man of Achievement, making him the fourth brother from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette to receive the Fraternity’s highest alumni honor.

He is chairman and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises, and former chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, a family-owned business established in 1946. Brother Bollinger says the Fraternity was instrumental in his life and provides a much-needed opportunity for brothers to develop leadership skills.

"The Fraternity gives people the opportunity to help others. And in many cases, it’s an opportunity to hone leadership skills and take a more active leadership role than just participation. Because every organization craves leadership, once you become a leader, you’re sought after to lead – over and over and over again,” the honoree said in his acceptance address.

The Man of Achievement certainly knows about leadership, as 2014 Man of Achievement  and Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71) pointed out in his introduction.

"Donald ‘Boysie’ Bollinger is a man of integrity and has risen to prominence in his field,” the Secretary of State said. "I don’t know what field - because every field he gets involved in, he rises to the top.”

"He has been as successful as you can possibly imagine in your dreams, but he has never forgotten where his roots came from,” he added.

templeBrother Bollinger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1971. He’s married to Joy LeBlanc and has three sons and five grandchildren. The couple makes an effort "to give back to society in every way they can at this point in their life,” Brother Schedler added.

Brother Bollinger has already begun extensive international travel as chairman of The Chief Executives Organization. Membership is by invitation only and limited to 2,000 global leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership credentials in the Young Presidents Organization, business, government or their community.

Additionally, he devotes considerable time to professional and civic organizations. He is chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation and has served as chairman of numerous nonprofit boards including The National World War II Museum, Business Council of New Orleans, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, Young Presidents Organization, United Way of South Louisiana and the New Orleans Region of the Boy Scouts of America. He has served as an elected delegate to Louisiana’s Constitutional Convention, and on the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System Board.

Accepting his honor, Brother Bollinger encouraged his Fraternity brothers to both exhibit and appreciate leadership.

"Give back, volunteer. Take some percentage of your time and some percentage, no matter how small, of your wealth and help somebody else,” he said. "Because none of us got where we are without someone else helping us. No one got here without having a good leader.”

"And don’t reject anybody who wants to mentor you. Because we all need help in certain areas. We all need a hero. We all need to be faithful to ourselves.”

– Boysie Bollinger,
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71

To have Brother Bollinger as a Man of Achievement is a point of pride and motivation to the University of Louisiana, Lafayette chapter. "Brother Boysie has dedicated so much of his life and used his success to help countless people and organizations around Louisiana and our nation,” said Miles Carrier, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Chapter President.

temple"Earlier this semester I started to use a simple new saying when we need a few more brothers scheduled for a service activity. That saying is "BB!” Something as simple as one man’s initials has been enough to get the schedule filled quickly because we are not only proud of Brother Boysie but we want him to be proud of us,” Miles shared.

Brother Bollinger was nominated for the Man of Achievement honor by former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana and 1989 Man of Achievement Paul Hardy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘64).

Watch Brother Bollinger’s speech from the 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C. below:

Top Image: 2017 Man of Achievement, Brother Boysie Bollinger (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, '71),speaking with a Collegiate Brother.

Middle Image: Brother Boysie Bollinger (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71) (left) answers questions from 2017 Biennial Convention Emcee, Stephen Wymer (Washington State University, ‘02) (right).

Bottom Image: Brother Bollinger receiving a gift from current collegiate brothers, surrounded by brothers from his own time at the Chapter.

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