BATON ROUGE – Carol M. Calkins has donated $30,000 to the Forever LSU campaign for the construction of a new home for LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business—the Business Education Complex.
A long-time supporter of the E. J. Ourso College, Calkins was inducted into its Hall of Distinction in 1998. She serves on the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council and is the council’s past president.
“I would never have had the opportunities presented to me in my career without the education I received from LSU,” Calkins said. “That is why I believe so strongly in giving back to the university with my time, my talents and my wealth.”
LSU E. J. Ourso College Dean Eli Jones stated how grateful the college is for Calkins’ generosity and dedication.
“Carol Calkins has been a dynamic leader on our Dean’s Advisory Council and has spearheaded alumni events in the Dallas area, where she serves on the Forever LSU Dallas Campaign Committee,” Jones said. “Carol bleeds purple and gold. We are truly fortunate to have such a remarkable alumnae committed to helping us successfully complete the BEC, which will provide our students with an even more outstanding learning environment.”
After earning an accounting degree from LSU in 1970, Calkins became a field auditor for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. She supervised the State Income Tax function for Sun Oil Co. of Delaware and later joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became the national partner in charge for PwC’s Transaction Tax Group. Calkins is a nationally recognized specialist on state taxation and served for six years as the co-chair of Diversity for PwC. She has published several articles on electronic commerce, the deregulation of the electric utility industry and the impact of Texas legislation on the oil and gas industry. Calkins recently retired from PwC and resides in Dallas, Texas.
It is estimated that the cost of the BEC will be $60 million. Louisiana has committed $30 million to the project, contingent upon $30 million in private funds being raised. The BEC is one of the cornerstone projects of the university’s Forever LSU Campaign. Forever LSU is a university-wide effort to raise $750 million in support for LSU by the end of 2010. Learn more about the campaign for LSU and its goals at www.foreverlsu.org.
To view the floor plans for the BEC or make a donation, visit www.bus.lsu.edu/building.