Larry Ferdinand currently serves as Executive Director for Corporate and Business Development at Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA). In this position, Mr. Ferdinand is responsible for building employer partnerships between SUSLA and area businesses. This includes facilitating Louisiana’s Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) with businesses that qualify.
Mr. Ferdinand began his professional career with AT&T’s Bell System at their manufacturing facility in Shreveport called Western Electric (WE). Mr. Ferdinand spent 27 years at WE in various managerial positions, where he was recognized for his leadership helping the company implement Total Quality Management (TQM) and International Standardization Organization (ISO) 9000.
He served as Director of Community Development for the city of Shreveport where he initiated the city’s first soft second mortgage program for first-time homebuyers. His leadership resulted in an 800% increase in the number of first- time homebuyers helped by the city of Shreveport over previous years. From 2005-2007, Mr. Ferdinand served as Louisiana’s Coordinator for Solutions to Poverty. In this role, he helped many Non-Governmental Organizations throughout Louisiana educate low-income taxpayers on taking full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit; a program that lifts more citizens out of poverty than any other single program. Mr. Ferdinand was elected to Shreveport’s city council in 1984. While on the council, he was elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
He is the Governor’s appointee on four major boards: Southern University Board of Supervisors, Red River Waterway Commission, the Louisiana Housing Corporation, and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHC’s predecessor). He serves as member of the board of trustees for Galilee Baptist Church and the 1880 Society for the Southern University System’s Foundation.
Mr. Ferdinand has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.