Gerald D. “Jerry” Hebert II Appointed to LSU University College Advisory Board

11/24/2014 02:12 PM

BATON ROUGE – Gerald D. “Jerry” Hebert II, president at GraceHebert Architects, has been appointed to LSU University College’s Advisory Board.


“Owning and managing a company in Baton Rouge, I see first-hand the need for top tier graduates is of utmost importance,” said Hebert. “It is important for my firm, GraceHebert Architects, to hire LSU students and mentor them into young professionals. Through inspiration from University College, GraceHebert Architects offers student internships, where we are able to assist students academically and provide opportunities for personal success. Having University College work to help retain students in our state and achieve success, helps keep the Louisiana economy and local small businesses moving forward.”


LSU University College’s Advisory Board is comprised of 30 business executives and community leaders. It is a strong and active board, and members participate in a number of activities and events, such as an Annual Meeting and Pigskin Preview hosted by LSU Football Coach Les Miles, selection of University College’s more than 60 scholarship recipients, and host/hostess to various LSU recruitment receptions.


“It is exciting to have Jerry join our board,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “His familiarity with the campus and of our college’s programs will be beneficial as we work together to further our college’s impact as an academic unit at LSU.”


Hebert is a 1985 graduate of LSU, with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Hebert is president of GraceHebert Architects with affiliations including American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architectural registration Board, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.


“Growing up in a small Louisiana town like Plaquemine, I always wanted to go to LSU,” said Hebert. “I was fortunate enough to be accepted, and I worked diligently to become an LSU graduate. Without that experience, I don’t know where I would be in my life. A LSU degree has opened countless doors and opportunities for me.”


“Many high school graduates say, ‘I can’t pass a college class,’ or ‘college is too hard,” adds Hebert. “They are wrong. The opportunity is there for anyone who wants it, for all who apply themselves. Success comes from hard consistent work, setting a target goal and achieving it.”


Over the last 25 plus years, hundreds of projects have crossed Hebert’s desk, each receiving the same high level of attention to detail and collaboration to fully realize each client’s vision. He has carefully maintained the growth of GraceHebert Architects during that time to accommodate its ever-increasing client list, while ensuring that they consistently turn out quality results from project to project. GraceHebert’s portfolio includes featured projects: LSU Student Union Theater renovations and additions, LSU Alex Box Stadium, Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, St. Jude the Apostle Church renovations and the new Lee High School.


“Having a college degree opens up more doors for employment and potentially allows for a higher paying occupation,” said Hebert. “Higher education improves a person’s quality of life by providing additional growth and development giving persons an edge when looking for a job in today’s competitive market.”


“I have instilled the importance of higher education in all of my children,” Hebert said. “It makes me extremely proud to say that all of my children have attended, or currently attending, college.”


Hebert is married to Linda M. Hebert, a 1995 elementary education graduate of LSU. They have three children: David F. Hebert, a 2008 LSU graduate in architecture who also works at GraceHebert; Andrea Hebert Buttross, a 2011 elementary education LSU graduate; and Daniel Hebert, who is an anticipated May 2015 graduate from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in mechanical engineering. Hebert is a parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church and a member of the City Club of Baton Rouge. He is an LSU football fan, as well as an avid photographer and fisherman.


About LSU University College
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.


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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014