Dr. Lewis Gale, dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at UL Lafayette, is leaving the university in June. The respected economist has accepted the dean's position with Weber State University's John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics in Ogden, Utah; his wife, Candice, KATC-TV3's morning show personality, hopes to segue into a much bigger TV market.
"It's a considerable jump," she says. "But I'm going to give it a shot."
The Gales, who have called Lafayette home since 1994, and their two young children are leaving Lafayette to be closer to family ' Lewis' parents live in Sacramento and Candice's mother is in Phoenix ' and for health reasons.
"In the last few years, my health has taken a turn," says Candice, who suffers from asthma. The well-liked broadcaster says her doctor believes the new environment will alleviate her symptoms, freeing her of the medications she's been taking.
"It's a nice dry climate," she says of the mountainous city, located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City.
The Gales say they will leave Lafayette with a heavy heart. "Neither one of us really wants to go right now," Lewis says.
Earlier this year, Lewis and Dr. Paula Carson, the Moody College's associate dean/MBA director, joined The Independent Weekly in launching the Acadiana Consumer Confidence Index, designed to gauge Acadiana consumers' perceptions of the local and national economy. Carson, who will fill Lewis' shoes at the university in the interim, will also assume responsibility for the ACCI.
The Moody College, which this year relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility on campus, has more than 2,700 undergraduate students and about 170 graduate students in its MBA program. The Goddard School has 2,000 undergrad and graduate students, awarding more than 250 degrees each year. The school boasts scores on national exams that place its senior students among the top 1 percent in the country; more than 90 percent of them find jobs by the time they graduate.
"It's a school that has a lot of promise, a lot of opportunities. It's very much like [UL]," says Lewis. ' LT
LOUISIANA CROSSROADS HONORED
Louisiana Crossroads has been named the first recipient of the 2005 Cultural Economy Development Award given by Lt. Gov Mitch Landrieu's Office of Cultural Development. Fourteen nominees from around the state ' including Gerald Breaux and the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission ' vied for the award of recognition.
Pam Breaux, assistant secretary of the Office of Cultural Development, says the award was open to individuals, organizations and even political entities that have managed to integrate partnerships that develop the state's cultural economy. Under the direction of Todd Mouton, the Louisiana Crossroads music series is a partnership between the Acadiana Arts Council and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
"The Cultural Economy Development Award is a very special award to Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu," Breaux says. "When we began the cultural initiative last year, he envisioned honoring not only the arts and culture in the state, but also the businesses that are developing the arts and culture in Louisiana. And we believe that Louisiana Crossroads is the best example of that in our state today." ' RRF
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)