CLTCC Names School’s Library After Alexandria Business Foundation

Alexandria, La., April 21, 2023 — Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC)
held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to formally commemorate the newly named Alexandria
Business Foundation Library in the Downtown Alexandria campus building at 516 Murray

Last August, the Alexandria Business Foundation awarded CLTCC $300,000 as part of the
organization’s final local donations. During a span of roughly 20 years, the Alexandria Business
Foundation awarded approximately $2.2 million in local grants and awards. Foundation
President Stephen Wright said, “We made a decision that now was the time to make a
significant investment in Central Louisiana. What’s most important about that funding is the
students it helps.” Wright added, “We are enthusiastic at the opportunity of what this $600,000
of endowed scholarships will deliver for Central Louisiana.”

When the award was announced, CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle said the Alexandria
Business Foundation investment would be used to apply for matching funds from the Louisiana
Board of Regents. These initiatives would seek to create endowed student scholarships and
CLTCC’s first-ever Endowed Professorship for Business. The Louisiana Board of Regents holds
a competitive grant process for higher education endowments. Wright announced today that the
first $250,000 of Alexandria Business Foundation funds was approved to be matched by the
Board of Regents with an additional $250,000. These funds will be awarded for scholarships
beginning this Fall 2023 semester. The college and Alexandria Business Foundation await
determination on an additional $100,000 for the college’s first-ever endowed professorship.

“This donation from the Alexandria Business Foundation allowed us to create for the first time
ever, endowed scholarships of this magnitude and hopefully establish an endowed
professorship. This is a significant step forward for CLTCC that would not have been possible
without their visionary generosity,” Sawtelle said. “CLTCC is just one of many local
organizations that benefited from the philanthropic work of the Alexandria Business Foundation.
The organization truly created a lasting legacy in our community, and we are proud to be able to
help recognize that tremendous contribution”, said Dr. Heather Poole, Executive Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Services.

“The Alexandria Business Foundation scholarships will have an immeasurable impact on our
business students. A comprehensive support system and other resources can aid students in
fulfilling their aspiration of a college education,” said Leigh Ann Purvis, CLTCC Business Office
Administration Instructor. “These scholarships will help our business students achieve their
dreams more readily and prepare them for a more secure financial future. Thank you to the
Alexandria Business Foundation for their generous gift.”

The new name was unanimously approved by the Louisiana Community & Technical College
Board of Supervisors in March of this year. Members of the Alexandria Business Foundation
are as follows: Frank Brame, Edwin Caplan, Carl Rand Carstens, Jason Cobb, Tom Hardin,
Wayne Miller, Randall Seeser, the late Harry Silver, and Stephen Wright. For information about
enrollment at CLTCC visit For more information, contact the school via
email at or call 800-278-9855.

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college
offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than
20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for high-demand and highwage careers. CLTCC serves seven parishes in Central Louisiana through its eight campuses and provides instruction in one state prison and one federal correctional institution. For more information, visit

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