Retired State Farm Executive to address Southeastern Commencements
Thursday, December 5, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Retired State Farm Executive Wallace Lewis, Sr. will address Southeastern
Louisiana University graduating students at the commencement ceremonies Saturday,
Wallace will speak at the events scheduled for 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the University Center. A ceremony for graduates of degree programs housed in the College of Education, College of Business and College of Science and Technology will begin at 10 a.m., while a ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will begin at 5 p.m. The university will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Lewis is a retired multi-faceted executive with broad-based experience in business start-ups. A 1976 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in business education, he is currently a board member of the Southeastern Foundation, is a current elder member mentor for Southeastern Sons of Promise/Daughters of Destiny, and has served on the Southeastern Alumni Association Board.
A resident of Hammond, Lewis has over 40 years of experience in insurance, financial services, banking, management, field leadership, regional territory marketing and sales, market expansion, market research, team development, public speaking, and talent development.
Lewis has experienced many firsts over the years. While he was the first African American hired for First Guaranty Bank’s Management Training Program, most of his firsts came from his 32-year tenure with State Farm. There he was the first African American agent in Tangipahoa Parish, the first appointed as an agency manager in the three-state region of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, the first to appear in a nationwide television commercial for State Farm, and the first African American to be featured by State Farm in “Black Enterprise Magazine.”
Lewis is also a published author of a book titled “125 Proverbs for Fruitful Living-Wisdom from My Dad.”
More information about Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies can be found at southeastern.edu/commencement.