Werner to Speak at Fall Commencement


Mary Werner

EUNICE – Mary Leach Werner, an oil and gas executive, will be the commencement speaker at Louisiana State University Eunice’s Fall graduation ceremonies.

Werner will address the nearly 100 summer and fall graduates and their families in LSU Eunice’s HPRE Center, Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m.

She is a Director and Vice President of The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company and The North American Land Company. Family-founded and owned since the 1800s, these companies are based in Lake Charles, Louisiana and engage in land management, oil and gas, farming, ranching, wildlife and real estate operations.

Werner was appointed to the LSU Board of Supervisors in June of 2017, by Governor John Bell Edwards.  Her term will end in June 2018. She is filling the remainder of former public service commissioner Scott Angelle’s term who resigned from the board to take a position in the Trump administration. The LSU Board oversees the colleges in the LSU system, including the flagship campus in Baton Rouge.  Werner’s mother, Laura Leach, served on the LSU Board for 18 years under four governors.

Community service has been instilled in Mary since she was a small child, and she is proud to have served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society (Calcasieu Area), Art Associates of Lake Charles, Education and Treatment Council/Harbor House, Louisiana Preservation Alliance, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Lake Charles Civic Ballet, Children's Museum of Southwest Louisiana, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the Louisiana Center for Women in Government. She was also a founding Director of the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, supporting the Family and Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Werner grew up in Leesville, Louisiana, where she graduated from Leesville High School. After attending Birmingham Southern College, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Brenau Women's College in Georgia. She is married to Joel W. Werner, and they are the proud parents of three children.

LSU Eunice is located just southwest of Eunice along Louisiana Highway 755 in Acadia Parish, near the boundaries of Evangeline and St. Landry Parishes.  The University offers associate degree programs, transfer programs, and certificates in numerous areas.  To this end, the university strives to provide educational programs and related services which reflect and respond to the diversified interests, aptitudes, talents, needs and goals of its constituency. For more information, visit http://www.lsue.edu/.