Higher education briefs for Sept. 2, 2013

Obama nominates two Xavier trustees

Two members of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Board of Trustees have been nominated by President Barack Obama for positions in his administration.

Dwight Bush Sr., president of D.L. Bush and Associates, a business consulting firm in Washington D.C., has been named U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco. His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Carla Harris, vice chairman of global wealth management at Morgan Stanley, has been appointed chairperson of the National Women’s Business Council.

Bush was previously president and CEO of Urban Trust Bank and Urban Trust Holdings and has served in various management roles in other financial institutions.

Harris was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard University Black Men’s Forum.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a master’s from Harvard Business School.

Gift helps UNO upgrade ship design laboratory

Donations from the ship building and maritime industry, led by a $50,000 gift from Hornbeck Offshore Services, will enable the University of New Orleans School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering to upgrade its ship design computer lab.

“The contributions to upgrade our ship design computer laboratory show the high regard in which our program is held, and the importance of this program for the regional and U.S. marine industry,” said Lothar Birk, associate professor and chair of the school of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

UNO’s computer-aided ship design laboratory is reserved for naval architecture and marine engineering students, who are given access to the typical set of tools that are used in the naval architecture industry around the world.

“Attracting the best students to the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering is critical to the future viability of the maritime industry,” said Carl Annessa, Hornbeck Offshore executive vice president.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, based in Covington, is a provider of technologically advanced offshore supply vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Loyola event features commerce secretary

Loyola University New Orleans President Kevin Wildes hosted a round-table discussion on campus this week with newly appointed U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and a group of 10 regional business leaders about the issues confronting local and regional businesses today.

Leaders representing international trade, energy, movies and film production, information technology, health care, financial and civic interests shared with Pritzker some of the concerns their businesses are facing in today’s economy.

Pritzker was sworn in as the 38th secretary of commerce June 26. She is a civic and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality, senior living and financial services industries.

Physician/journalist joins LSUHSC faculty

Dr. Corey Hebert, a successful physician, journalist and former medical editor for NBC, has been appointed as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Hebert has been a frequent contributor to the “Dr. Oz Show” as well as to the Discovery Channel, the Huffington Post and MSNBC.

He is the chief executive officer of community health TV, which is the parent company of BlackHealthTV.com, a source for African-American health information on the Internet.

Hebert said his goals at LSUHSC are “to engage the community in the great things that LSU is doing in south Louisiana and to empower them to utilize LSU’s awesome facilities and resources to get healthier!”

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau