LSU AgCenter Employee Wins Civil Service League Honor

Steven Linscombe, Schultz, Bruce  |  3/7/2007 4:10:30 AM

Mary Baronet at awards ceremony

News Release Distributed 03/06/07

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Civil Service League recently honored an LSU AgCenter employee with its Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award.

Mary Baronet, a 25-year employee of the LSU AgCenter, currently serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter’s Southwest Region.

Baronet was among 12 civil service employees from across the state who were recognized Friday (March 2) with the Dunbar Award during ceremonies at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans.

The award, named for the league’s founder who helped write civil service law in Louisiana, is presented annually to outstanding employees in the classified merit system.

Linscombe said Baronet was nominated for the award because of her commitment, innovation and initiative.

"She is an essential part of my staff who handles numerous responsibilities, including budget oversight and personnel training," Linscombe said.

Linscombe said Baronet developed a budget with an accounting program unique to the AgCenter, which required her to increase her skills with the LSU general ledger system to make budget adjustments electronically.

She also works with several agricultural organizations to enhance their relationships with the LSU AgCenter.

In addition, Baronet recently was chosen as chairwoman of an LSU AgCenter Staff Advisory Council to make recommendations on reorganizing AgCenter resources. She also was elected to a seat on the newly formed LSU System Staff Council.

"Mary is outstanding among the employees who keep our system running who often don’t get the credit and recognition they deserve," said Dr. Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor. "The LSU AgCenter could not function without employees such as Mary Baronet."


Contact: Steve Linscombe at (337) 788 or 
Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or

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