The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association will honor Dwight Andrus Jr. at its 2015 Spring Gala.
The black-tie event is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 11 at the UL-Lafayette Student Union, 620 McKinley St., and features food, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Proceeds are dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of alumni facilities.
Andrus, a 1956 graduate, is a longtime supporter of the university. He and his wife, Nedra, established the Andrus Endowed Chair in Finance in 1997.
“We feel that UL is one of the cornerstones of Lafayette’s foundation. We wanted to become a permanent part in helping UL grow,” Andrus said in a news release.
In 1998, Andrus was elected to serve as a trustee of the UL-Lafayette Foundation. In 2003, he and his wife led the University Art Museum campaign development drive.
“Dwight’s involvement and contributions have all been motivated by giving back to UL Lafayette and the community we all call home,” said Don Landry, president-elect of the UL-Lafayette Alumni Association, in a news release. Landry is this year’s Spring Gala chairman.
Andrus has a long history as a real estate developer on projects such as the Acadiana Mall, residential subdivisions and office building developments. An owner of an insurance agency, he’s also involved with his family’s blueberry farm.
He has also served on the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, was a founding member of the Acadian Home Builders Association and was a campaign member of the United Givers Fund for Lafayette Home Builders. He’s also served on the First National Bank board of directors and the Lafayette General Medical Center board of trustees.
He was awarded the 2000 Theodore G. Schad Jr. Award for Business Achievement and was recognized as the 2001 Laureate of the Times of Acadiana Business Hall of Fame. Andrus was elected to the board of directors of the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association from 1961-1966; he became its president in 1965. He is a member of the Galvez Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Asbury United Methodist Church.
Andrus enjoys fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and hunting doves and waterfowl in Louisiana rice fields and marshes.
To purchase tickets, become a patron or sponsor or donate auction items to the 2015 Spring Gala, call (337) 482-0900 or visit LOUISIANAalumni.org/spring_gala.