Zachary schools Superintendent Scott Devillier has been named a 2016 Catholic school distinguished graduate by the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
Every year, each Catholic school in the diocese selects one alumni as its distinguished graduate. The 27 selected for 2016 were honored at a ceremony in Baton Rouge on Monday.
A 1984 alumnus of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, Devillier is the 21st student from the school to receive the honor. He was nominated by a former student for his work as a teacher, coach and administrator.
“This is a huge honor for me. To receive something for all your accomplishments, that’s pretty special,” Devillier said. “However, I’m only doing what God has guided me to do — work with, teach, love and serve children.”
Alumni from Devillier’s school winning the award include the late Lindy Boggs, a former U.S. ambassador, the first Louisiana woman elected to Congress and mother of Cokie Roberts; the late Brig. Gen. Joseph Levy Dabadie Jr., a native of New Roads, who served over 40 years in the Army and Louisiana National Guard; Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre, a bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the second-youngest Catholic bishop in the U.S.; and former U.S. Attorney for the District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, Don Cazayoux Jr.
Prior to becoming superintendent of Zachary schools, Devillier taught and coached at his alma mater. He worked as a teacher and coach from 1989-1998; was a volunteer junior high baseball coach from 2007-2011; and has been a softball field maintenance volunteer since 2009.
Devillier said some of his best memories are those of his math teacher, Jim Hightower, who was also his favorite football coach. Hightower, along with Devillier’s father, inspired him to become a teacher, coach and administrator.
“I attribute my relationship with God to Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, as well as to Father Frank Uter, former pastor at St. Mary of False River,” said Devillier. “I also owe my success to my family, friends and all those who have educated me in my life.”
Devillier and his wife, Stacey, have two children, Tyler and Ashley.