SLU honors Coudrain as Golden Ambassador _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lownetritt -- Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain, right, accepts the Golden Ambassador Award from Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain in a ceremony held April 21 in Hammond.

Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain was awarded Southeastern Louisiana University’s Golden Ambassador Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows, in a ceremony April 21 at the president’s residence.

“We give this award very infrequently, which speaks to its significance,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain, noting that only nine other people have been honored with the award.

The award honors alumni, community leaders and friends of the university who have brought distinction to themselves and to the university through service, outstanding achievements or humanitarian efforts, a news release said. The first award was presented to the late state Sen. John J. Hainkel Jr.

“For as long as I have known Andre, I have never met anyone — and this is absolutely true — who said something negative about him,” Crain said. “Over the years, I have called on him frequently for advice and direction about something pertaining to the university, and the discussion always turned back to what is best for the students.”

Coudrain served on the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System from 1996 to 2014, during which time he served as both vice chairman and chairman of the board. Over the years, he also chaired several board committees.

After attending graduate school at Southeastern, he enrolled in Loyola University Law School, receiving his juris doctorate in 1983. He has served as the Hammond city attorney since 2003 and maintains a private practice of general civil law with the firm Cashe, Coudrain and Sandage.

He serves on the Diocese of Baton Rouge School Board for Catholic Schools, on the board of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School and as a trustee and member of the Holy Ghost Parish Finance Council.