2008 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Kenneth L. Ross
General Ross began his education at Southeastern, where he received his Bachelor’s
Degree in Government in 1967. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana
State University in 1971. He passed the bar and has been practicing ever since.
His work includes civil litigation, casualty, employment law, business formation, and corporate issues, as well as estate planning and insurance issues. He is a senior partner in the law firm of Seale & Ross and has practiced law in the Hammond area for many years. His practice now has 18 attorneys that comprise the largest law firm on the northshore.
Additionally, General Ross earned the rank of Brigadier General in both the United States Air Force and the Louisiana Air National Guard. He began his military career as an Air Operations Specialist in the Louisiana Air National Guard, receiving his commission in 1970 as a pilot trainee. He served as a fighter pilot flying the F-100, F-4, and F-15 Eagle aircraft, Operations and Plans Officer, Chief of Plans, Director of Air Operations, Commander, Assistant Adjutant General, and Chief of Staff.
His assignments included Webb Air Force Base in Texas; 162nd tactical fighter group in Tucson, AZ; 122nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, United States Naval Air Station, New Orleans; 159th Tactical Fighter Group, United States Naval Air Station, New Orleans; and Chief Of Staff, Headquarters, Louisiana Air National Guard.
He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College and National Security Management course. He completed his military career with his retirement in 1998. Prior to that he served as National Treasurer of the United States National Guard Association and President of the National Guard of Louisiana. At the peak of his military career, Ken Ross held the second highest position in the entire United States National Guard. His military honors include the United States Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
He has also been active and served as Commander in the American Legion. Ken has held numerous civic and professional positions including member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, President of the 21st Judicial Bar Association, President of the Tangipahoa Parish Manufacturers Association, President of the Tangipahoa Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of Leadership Tangipahoa.
He is President of the Hammond manufacturing company Ross and Wallace Paper Products, Inc., and managing partner of Ross property management, L.L.C.
Ken is a member and chairman of the board of trustees of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. He is married to the former Linda Cooper, and they are the parents of four children.