Nicholls State University holds a special place in the hearts of all who have attended the public college in Thibodaux, Louisiana. For Houma native and fourth-generation Louisianan, Arlen Benny Cenac, Jr., the university remains a focus in his professional network and philanthropic efforts.
Benny Cenac’s most notable donation to the school thus far was to the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. In 2015, Benny learned that the school was in need of more funding for a new culinary building. As a Louisianan Benny’s appreciation for Cajun culture, specifically Cajun food, runs deep. He made a generous donation in honor of his long-time employee and friend, Lanny D. Ledet, that led to the creation of a 33,000 square foot state-of-the art culinary facility, complete with six kitchens, lecture rooms, and a student study lounge. The Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building supports the continuing education of Nicholls students and future chefs.