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Hebert elected to SLC Hall



Hall of Honor

FRISCO, Texas — Former McNeese State President Dr. Robert Hebert will be among three inductees to the Southland Conference’s 2017 Hall of Honor Class, Commissioner Tom Burnett said Thursday.

Joining Hebert will be former Abilene Christian faculty athletics representative Dr. J.W. Roberts and former Northwestern State track and field head coach Leon Johnson. Hebert and Roberts will be honored posthumously.

They will be inducted May 23.

“Dr. Hebert provided lifelong service and leadership to McNeese, its excellent athletics program, and by extension, the Southland Conference,” Burnett said.

Hebert served 41 years at McNeese, including 23 years as president — making him the university’s longestserving president. He twice served as the chair of the SLC’s presidential Board of Directors.

During his presidency (1987-2010), McNeese athletics garnered 24 SLC championships, 21 NCAA appearances, one National Invitation Tournament appearance, two NCAA national championship games in football, and two individual national champions in track.

In October 2015, Hebert was inducted into the McNeese Athletics Hall of Honor for his commitment to the well-being of studentathletes and support of the athletic programs.

Hebert supervised more than $133 million in campus renovations and construction projects.

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