Robert Noland, a Lake Charles businessman, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during McNeese State University's fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17, at Burton Coliseum.
Noland currently serves as president and director of Bennett Oil Company and president,chief executive officer and director of American Sulphur & Oil Company of Louisiana, including the following subsidiary and affiliated companies: Powell Timber Company; Land Management & Realty Services LLC; W.G. Ragley Lumber Company; and RN Entertainment Company.
He previously served as a corporate officer or director for R & D Fashions Inc.,
Agrilectic Power Inc., Farmers Land& Canal Company Inc., Farmers Rice Milling
Company Inc., W-K-N Real Estate Inc. and Hayes Lumber Company.
His community service includes serving as an officer and director in such organizations as the Kiwanis Club of Calcasieu Parish, the Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Camp Fire USA-Southwest Louisiana Council and the Kappa Sigma Housing Corp.
Noland has also served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Calcasieu Parish Communications E-911 District, as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for the Lake Charles region and as president of Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles Inc.
At McNeese, he majored in agricultural sciences and business and is a member of the McNeese Athletics Hall of Honor, past president of the McNeese Quarterback Club and an honorary member of the McNeese Petrochem Athletic Association.
He has generously supported McNeese athletics, including providing funding for the resurfacing of the football field and the renovation of Cowboy Stadium. The Noland Family SkyRanch, which houses private suites, club seating and the press facilities, is named in honor of his family.
"Mr. Noland may be most recognized for his generosity to McNeese athletics," Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president, said. "However, his support extends beyond athletics and includes academic scholarships and endowed funds for faculty development. Endowed gifts established by Mr. Noland will benefit McNeese for years to come."