FIRST GENTLEMAN RAYMOND S. BLANCO
Mr. Blanco was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas in 1958. He is married to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco from New Iberia, LA. They have six children.
Mr. Blanco served as Assistant Football Coach at Kirwin High School in Galveston, TX and Head Football Coach at Catholic High School in New Iberia, LA between the years 1958-1962. In 1962 he led the Catholic High team to win the State Championship. From 1963-1969 Mr. Blanco served as Assistant Football Coach at then USL under the direction of Coach Russ Faulkinberry.
In 1969 Mr. Blanco became Dean of Men. In conjunction with the merger of the offices of the Dean of Men and Dean of Women, Mr. Blanco was named as USL's Dean of Student Personnel in 1972. In 1974 Mr. Blanco became the Chief Student Officer for the university functioning as the Dean of Students and overseeing the operations of the entire student welfare area. A member of the University Council (which consists of UL's President and four Vice Presidents) Mr. Blanco is responsible for the operations of the following areas: Student Personnel, University Police, Student Union, Counseling and Testing, International Students, Housing, Child Development Center, Career Services, Parking and Transit, One Card System, Intramurals, Student Health Services, Student Athlete Center, Physical Plant, Student Government, Campus Organizations and Student Publications. Since the fall of 1982 Mr. Blanco has served in the capacity of Vice President for Student Affairs. His duties have remained unchanged.
Mr. Blanco's transition from football coach to Dean of Men came as a result of the university's need to find an administrator capable of understanding and quelling the severe student unrest which plagues then-USL (and universities around the country) in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Successful with his initial task, Mr. Blanco has consistently stayed at the forefront of his field by employing an innovative philosophy in all phases of his operations. He is particularly recognized for his contributions in the areas of minority hiring and emergency task forces.
Through the years Mr. Blanco has been an active member in many professional organizations. He has served in numerous capacities in civic and religious activities in his community and statewide.