The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association recently recognized Stacey Henderson Doré, an attorney, and Michael W. Langston, a professor of chaplain ministries, with its 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award.
They received the award during a Dec. 4 reception at the UL Lafayette Alumni Center. The award is the highest honor the university gives a former student and given for the professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the university.
Doré graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1993 and received a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. She is executive vice president and general counsel of Energy Future Holdings Corp., a Dallas energy company.
Langston graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1977. He holds a doctorate from Bethel Theological Seminary. He is a professor of chaplain ministries at Columbia International University, Seminary and School of Ministry in Columbia, South Carolina.
Doré now advises EFH’s senior management team on legal, regulatory and corporate governance matters, oversees the corporate secretary’s office and leads the company’s legal and compliance team. She also serves as co-chief restructuring officer for the EFH portfolio of companies as they make their way through the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy ever filed in Delaware.
She has been married to Kenny Doré for 21 years and has two sons, Nicholas and Luke.
Langston had a long career in the military before retiring in 2011.
After graduating from UL-Lafayette, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was a platoon commander before he was assigned as an instructor at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. In 1983, he resigned his regular, active-duty commission and accepted a reserve commission serving Marine Corps Reserve units in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Greenville, S.C. In 1986, he earned a master of divinity degree in theology and pastoral care from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Langston was recalled to active duty as a U.S. Navy chaplain in 1988. He served as theater chaplain, Combined Forces Command–Afghanistan in Kabul, from 2005-06. He supervised 71 U.S. chaplains, 76 chaplain assistants and 36 coalition chaplains from other nations.
In 2007, he was the force chaplain in Fallujah, Iraq, where he supervised 85 chaplains and 89 chaplain assistants. From 2008-11, Langston was commanding officer of the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in Columbia, S.C. He was executive director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center in Columbia from 2008-09. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit citations and campaign ribbons.
In 2003, he earned a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He is working on a dissertation for a Ph.D. program at Kings College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Langston has been married to the former Kathy Lee Jones for 30 years. They have three grown children, Michael Jr., Jefferson and Elizabeth.