(October 1, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Attaway Fellow George Bandy Jr. explores sustainability Monday, Oct. 11

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Attaway Fellow George Bandy Jr., Vice President for Sustainability Strategy and Diversity for Interface Americas, will speak at Convocation, Monday, Oct. 11 in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 11 a.m.

George Bandy Jr.

A native of Opelika, Ala., Bandy is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., with a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Environmental Business Management, with continued sustainability studies at the University of Houston.

In his current role with Interface Americas, Bandy develops and implements the strategic diversity management initiative for Interface Americas. This involves providing strategic guidance in development and implementation of policies, procedures, action plans, and processes to effectively manage diversity in pursuit of organizational goals and objectives while seeking new business opportunities.

Bandy routinely speaks to higher education, government, non-profit, and professional association groups on the science of sustainability, social sustainability and community involvement, and diversity initiatives.

Prior to his position with Interface, he served as the sustainable development officer for the University of Texas-Houston. His role was to educate, develop, and support the University in facility operations, construction, development, and business practices that demonstrate minimum negative repercussions on social, economic, and environmental issues in their use or application.

Bandy is currently the ex-officio chairman of the Atlanta Regional Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He served as chairman for the maximum of two terms (four years). He currently gives governance to the Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors. Brandy also serves on the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors. He serves as an advisory board member for Higher Education Network for Sustainability and the Environment and trainer for National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program. Recently, George was appointed to the board of directors at the Southface Energy Institute.

Presented by Centenary College and the Attaway Fellows in Civic Culture, all events are free and open to the public. Funded by and named for Douglas and Marion Attaway, with matching funds from the State of Louisiana, Centenary's Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture are awarded to intellectuals who have made notable contributions to the public discussion of ideas. They present themselves not as academics who occasionally have public roles, but as public thinkers and gifted communicators whose foremost interest is civic culture.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.