Maura Donahue to address Southeastern Commencement
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – Maura W. Donahue, vice president of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., and former chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will address graduates at Southeastern Louisiana University’s spring commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
Approximately 1,140 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees will be conferred at the ceremony in the University Center. The commencement marks the second “hooding” of students receiving the Doctor of Education degrees: Heloise H. Morgan and Daniel R. Williams, both of Ponchatoula.
Donahue was scheduled to deliver Southeastern’s commencement address last December, but an emergency prevented her appearance. The first female to serve as chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – an organization that represents the interests of about 26 million small companies nationwide – she remains an active member of its board of directors.
She is also an active officer and member of the board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, former chair and current board member of the Northshore Community Foundation, and the secretary-treasurer of Blueprint Louisiana, a nonprofit organization focused on issues and challenges of the state. Additionally, Donahue serves as a board member for Resource Bank and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West.
Donahue joined DonahueFavret in 1981 as a project manager for the Mandeville-based construction company. The company handles a wide spectrum of building projects, including commercial, hospitality, healthcare, retail and educational. The firm has won eight awards for construction excellence from the National Association of Builders and Contractors.
She formerly served on the boards of the State of Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation and the board of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, which she chaired. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named Woman of the Year by New Orleans Publishing Group in 2000 and a New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year in 2007. She was named to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and received several awards from the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, including the Tammany Award for community leadership.
She and her husband state Senator Jack Donahue have a blended family of six children and 17 grandchildren.