Originally from the Covington area, Bill Kingsmill or “Billy” as his friends call him, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Southeastern in 1976.
Billy has had a very distinguished career in real estate, starting with Wagner & Truax, where he was in sales and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate for 36 years. He then went out on his own with Kingsmill Properties, where he develops commercial properties, and manages and owns over 500,000 square feet of commercial real estate. Billy was former president of the Louisiana Chapter of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).
Billy has been active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Business First Bank, the Louisiana/Mississippi Certified Commercial Investment Membership organization, and on the Southeastern Foundation board for 14 years.
A generous philanthropist, Billy assisted the New Orleans Mission in transforming Lynhaven, which was formerly his family operated event center in Hammond, into a women’s retreat center and corporate headquarters for the New Orleans Mission-sponsored women’s one-year discipleship and recovery program.
At Southeastern, Billy has supported the Turtle Cove Research Station, the College of Education, the Computer Science Department, and has established the William F. Kingsmill, III, Excellence in Business Endowed Scholarship.