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Honored in 2005
Gary LaGrange’s commitment to the maritime industry and inland waterways system is reflected in the numerous leadership positions he has held at state, regional, and national levels.
LaGrange has been chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities and vice- president of the National Waterways Council. In 2003 he was named Maritime Person of the Year. In his present position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans and in previous port positions, LaGrange has promoted the sustainable use of waterways, including our nation’s inland waterways system, as one method of easing traffic congestion and alleviating air pollution. One of LaGrange’s biggest accomplishments in his current position is that only a short time after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, his leadership brought the port back to one hundred percent performance.
LaGrange holds a B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an M.A. from the University of South Louisiana. He is very active in a number of waterways advocacy groups, including the National Waterways Council.