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Distinguished Alumni Award


The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who are leaders in the community, region or nation, and who have given generously of their time, talents or resources to LSUS. The award was instituted in 1985. The following criteria, adopted in 2004, are used to determine the recipients of the award:

  • The recipient must be an LSUS graduate with at least a Bachelor's Degree.
  • The recipient must have made a significant contribution to the University which may or may not have been monetary.
  • The recipient must be a leader in our community, region or nation.
  • The recipient must be using his or her LSUS degree in a significant manner. 

Jim Fritze

2014     James N. (Jim) Fritze
The LSUS Alumni Association is pleased to honor Jim Fritze for his service and generosity to LSUS.

Jim is the Dealer Owner for Red River Motor Company. He received his Bachelor of General Studies from LSUS in 1995, two days before his 70th birthday. After serving on the LSUS Chancellor's Advisory Council and as a founding member of the LSUS Foundation, he decided to pursue the 45 hours of third- and fourth-year courses he lacked from accumulating various hours during his time in the U.S. Navy.

Jim Fritze is a founding member of the LSUS Foundation, a former LSUS Foundation Board member, and a supporter of the Foundation's gala, RiverBend Revue. He has received numerous community awards including Bossier Chamber Small Business Person of the Year, March of Dimes Citizen of the Year, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate, and ArkLaTex Agricultural Council Man of the Year. He was also one of the inaugural LSUS Circle of Excellence Award recipients in 2007.

Jim Fritze has served as President of the following organizations:  Shreveport-Bossier New Car Dealers Association; Bossier Chamber of Commerce; Shreveport-Bossier Foundation; Junior Achievement of Shreveport-Bossier; and the Shreveport Parents League.  

            Other Recent Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2013      Peggy Johnson Cloud - BA Secondary Education 1975

2012      Marcia C. Calhoun - BGS 2000

2011      James H. Ballengee - BS Accounting 1987

2010      Anne Dier Wilson and Dr. Woody Wilson - Joint MLA degrees 1987

2009      John M. Good, Jr. - BS 1976

2008      Edie Broyles Williams - BGS 1988

2007      Hazel Fain Beard - BGS 1985

Former Distinguished Alumni 

1985      T.C. Tisdon - AGS 1976
1988      Robert Maxwell Bunch, Ph.D. - BS 1975
1997      Preston R. Friedley, Jr. - BA 1976
1998      Zina Schiff Eisenberg - MLA 1991
2000      Margaret W. Kinsey, Ph.D. (Hon.) - AGS 1984
2001      Michael H. Woods - BGS 1975
2002      Phillip A. Rozeman, M.D. - BS 1977
2003      1st Lt. Brandon R. Friedman - BA 2000
2004      T. Brian Bond - BGS 1982
2006      S. Reed Dickens - BA 2000