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2006 Distinguished Alumni
Joe Aguillard (1977)
In 2005, Joe W. Aguillard, Ed.D, was named the eighth President of Louisiana College. Prior to his induction, Dr. Aguillard held the position of chair of the Division of Education, coordinator of the Department of Teacher Education, and Associate Professor of Education at Louisiana College.
Joe has been on the faculty at Louisiana College since 2000, but his personal history with the College is a rich one. Both of Aguillard's parents attended Louisiana College, he and his wife Judy met at Louisiana College, and all three of their children (Jill, Julie and Jodie) have graduated from their parents' Alma Mater.
Dr. Aguillard has many professional accomplishments including being elected by the College Deans of the state as President of their organization. The Governor appointed him to the Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission on Education and he was chosen to represent the Governor's office to present cutting-edge educational innovations nationally.
Prior to joining the Louisiana College faculty, he was Superintendent of Schools in Beauregard Parish. He also served as Minister of Music and Worship in his home church, Dry Creek Baptist Church, for almost 30 years.
Judy Aguillard (1978)
Valedictorian from Atlanta High School, Judy Aguillard went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana College in 1978 with a double major in elementary education and special education.
Judy is an experienced educator having taught special education and elementary students for over 20 years in Beauregard Parish. During her tenure she was selected as Teacher of the Year.
Another vital area of Judy's life is her work alongside her husband in their church, Dry Creek Baptist Church. Along with her husband, Joe, she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir for more than 25 years.
After meeting at Louisiana College, Joe and Judy pursued careers as educators and raised their three daughters (Jill, Julie and Jodie) in Dry Creek. As First Lady of Louisiana College, Judy continues to work beside Joe and contributes in all areas of college life.
Johney L. Jeans (1966)
Distinguished as an educator and volunteer, Johney L. Jeans is a superb example of a Louisiana College graduate.
Upon graduation from Louisiana College in 1966, Johney became a coach, math teacher and physical education teacher at Menard High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. After four years he began coaching and teaching at Hull-Daisetta High School in Daisetta, Texas and later moved to Basile, Louisiana to coach and teach there. In 1997, Johney retired as the principal of Basile High School, a position he had held since 1988.
Along with his wife, Judy, Johney is involved in prison ministry in Basile as well as the Federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. He is also an active member of the Gideons International and presents Gideon messages to churches across central Louisiana.
He is an active member of First Baptist Church in Basile, where he serves on the budget and benevolence committees, as well as teaching a Discipleship class. He has served as a team leader for events such as Experiencing God weekends, Experiencing God Together (as a church), Life in the Spirit Weekends, and the Final Command Weekends.
Johney and Judy have four children, Pamela Jeans Goodwin, Charlotte Jeans Fontenot, Wanda Jeans LeBert, and Bonny Jeans. They also have four grandchildren, Hannah, Gunnar, Hailey Goodwin, and Caitlyn Fontenot.
Sheila Thompson Johnson (1981)
Distinguished as an athlete, administrator, educator, and community leader, Sheila Thompson Johnson has touched countless lives.
Sheila graduated from Louisiana College with a degree in Health and Physical Education and later got her Master's degree in Physical Education from LSU. She taught and coached in local high schools before returning to Louisiana College as an instructor, coach, and later, Athletic Director.
Sheila played basketball at Louisiana College from 1977-1981 and she coached from 1985-1989. She led the Lady Wildcats to national prominence in both roles. A two-time All-American (AIAW Division II), she led Louisiana College to a national AIAW Division Championship. She made the 20-member LSWA's All-Century Team for College Hoops in 1999 and was inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for her accomplishments.
As Athletic Director at Louisiana College, a new bus was purchased for the teams, new softball and soccer fields were completed, and the Billy Allgood Baseball complex was remodeled. Sheila was instrumental in establishing the corporate sponsorship program that Louisiana College athletics benefits from today. Always a visionary, Sheila helped Louisiana College transcend from NAIA to WCAA Division III within her tenure as athletic director.
Sheila presently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the George H.W. Bush visit to Louisiana College as part of the Centennial Celebration. Active in the community, Sheila and her family are members of First United Methodist Church. Sheila is married to Michael T. Johnson, Class of 1981, and they have two children, Lacey and Matt.
For more information about the Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni award, contact:
Ms. Luana Cunningham
Coordinator of Alumni and Foundation Relations
Telephone: (318) 487-7301