Manship School to honor three

Hall to induct former professor, LSU announcer, late ad exec

Kevin Reilly
Kevin Reilly

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 24 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.

This year’s inductees are Dan Borné, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Tiger Stadium and Maravich Assembly Center public address announcer; Jay Perkins, retired LSU Manship School journalism professor; and the late Kevin Patrick Reilly, former executive officer of the Lamar Advertising Company and 16-year member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Emily Kern Hebert, chairwoman of the Manship School Hall of Fame Committee, said the Hall of Fame is reserved for alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mass communication.

“The legacy of journalism at LSU is one of extraordinary individuals. Past inductees have included Pulitzer Prize winners in political analysis, broadcast production and news writing,” Hebert said.

Chemicals and microphones

As president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, Borné represents the interests of more than 60 chemical manufacturing companies in Louisiana. He is president of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, a group of more than 600 businesses supporting the state’s chemical plants with products, supplies and services. A native of Thibodaux and a 1968 graduate of Nicholls State University, Borné earned his master’s degree from the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU and is a member of the LSU Alumni Association. In 2001 he was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Distinction.

Borné is on the Board of Visitors of the Manship School, where he serves as an occasional adjunct member of the faculty. He is past chairman of the Manship Excellence Fund Drive. His serves as the public address announcer at Tiger Stadium for 27 years and at the Maravich Assembly Center for 25 years.

Longtime professor

Perkins was a journalism professor at the Manship School for more than three decades. He is known for his hard-nosed, demanding approach to teaching his students to become great writers.

Perkins’ leadership resulted in the Manship School’s news editorial program earning significant national recognition while he was Reveille faculty adviser. During one six-year period, students won 11 William Randolph Hearst Foundation national championships — with 23 top-10 finishes. Three times, the nation’s best collegiate journalist, as determined during Hearst’s in-person competition in San Francisco, hailed from the Manship School.

Perkins was a pioneer in teaching students how to use the Internet for researching news stories. He retired in 2010 and spends his summers teaching LSU study abroad courses in Europe.

Advertising and government

Reilly attended Harvard University, where he played varsity baseball and was voted Most Valuable Player his senior year. After graduation, he served honorably for three years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. In 1953, he and his wife, DeeDee, relocated to Baton Rouge where he was employed by her family’s billboard company, Lamar Advertising. Reilly eventually became the chairman and chief operating officer of what is now one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.

Reilly served in the Legislature for 14 years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

As a representative, he pushed for the establishment of a public trust fund known as “8g,” with certain oil and natural gas royalties earmarked for education. In 1992, Reilly was named secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, serving in both the Edwards and Foster administrations.

Active in the community, Reilly was a chairman of the boards of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, Volunteers of America, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation and the National Volunteers of America. He served as the president of the Baton Rouge Cancer Society and chairman of the Capital Area United Way, as well as other local boards.

In 2002, Reilly and his wife received honorary doctorates from LSU, his adopted alma mater. In 2006, his children established the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication, and endowed the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the only such institute in the U.S. to focus on the study of media and public affairs.

For tickets to the event, contact Emily Wascom at (225) 578-2187.