July 23, 2001
LAROSE FAMILY CREATES MILLION-DOLLAR ENDOWED CHAIR AT NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
THIBODAUX – A $600,000 gift from the family of a South Lafourche entrepreneurwill result in establishment of the John A. Brady Sr. Endowed Chair in Computer Science at Nicholls State University, University President Donald J. Ayo said this week.
The sons of John A. Brady Sr., John Jr. and Pat, have donated funding which will be matched by $400,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents Quality Support Fund to create the perpetual $1 million endowed chair.
As recognized leaders in the field of communications for decades, the Bradys and their companies have contributed much to Nicholls State University. SJI, Inc. is the parent company for several communication service providers with clients across the Gulf South. The family of companies began as the Lafourche Telephone Company in 1945 by Irene Landry Brady and John Brady Sr., together with Sylvester Landry. Their pioneering spirit and dedication to quality communications lives on in the company named for the original shareholders. SJI has grown into one of the most important business entities in the state.
Today, the sons of two of the founders – John Jr., who serves as SJI’s president, and Pat Brady, who serves as the company’s chairman of the board – keep their parents’ commitment and vision on target in the new millennium. The subsidiary companies include Lafourche Telephone Company and MobileTel.
Speaking about her sons’ donation, Irene Brady said, “I am so glad that the money is going to such a worthy school as Nicholls State University. It gives me great pleasure to help the school that helps this community so much.”
Ayo said, “The entire Nicholls State community owes a debt of gratitude to the Brady family for this generous gift that will strongly enhance one of the state’s first Computer Science baccalaureate programs.”
Last year, the NSU Alumni Federation honored SJI, Inc. with its prestigious Corporate Mark of Honor award to recognize the company’s outstanding corporate citizenship and longtime commitment to strengthening Nicholls State University.
Ayo said the Brady gift brings to six the number of endowed chairs at NSU since 1997, the highest number at any public, master’s-level institution in Louisiana. Nicholls State University was recently lauded for growing its endowment fastest in the University of Louisiana System.