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November 5, 2009

Echols elected as Louisiana State Arts Council’s vice chairman

University of Louisiana Monroe Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Michael Echols was recently elected vice chairman of the Louisiana State Arts Council. Echols previously served on the group’s Board of Directors.

The LSAC is a volunteer body appointed by the governor that meets quarterly to address arts related issues of importance to the state as well as approving all grant awards made by the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

“It was a pleasure to be selected by my fellow state arts council members to serve as the vice chairman. Our work in the cultural economy is critical to Louisiana’s long term success,” Echols said. “We are rich with resources and a wonderful place to live, learn and prosper. The state arts council makes it possible for the creative economy to flourish through grants and support.”

Echols also serves on the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors and participates in several other civic organizations, including the Monroe Symphony Orchestra Endowment, Leadership Louisiana Graduate, the Monroe Kiwanis Club, and more.

A Monroe native, Echols earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees of business administration at ULM. Past experience includes a position as the chief operating officer for a financial services firm while serving ULM as an adjunct professor of marketing.

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