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Maura Donahue

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 fall commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
     Approximately 1,330 bachelors and masters degrees will be conferred at the ceremony in the University Center. It is one of Southeastern’s largest graduations in university history.
     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 has been an active officer and member of the board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, former chair of the Northshore Community Foundation, and the secretary-treasurer of Blueprint Louisiana, a nonprofit organization focused on issues and challenges of the state.
     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, health care, retail and educational. The firm has won nine awards for construction excellence from the National Association of Builders and Contractors.
     She serves as Safety Committee Chair for the Bayou Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, is a member of the board of the State of Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry and serves on the board of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation. 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 Sen. Jack Donahue have a blended family of six children and 17 grandchildren.

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