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Lake Charles, LA 70601
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Barbara McManus Selected President Of Port Board Of Commissioners

Lake Charles, La.—Barbara McManus, a director of Eagle Federal Credit Union, was recently elected president of the seven-member Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, which operates the Port of Lake Charles. A resident of Lake Charles since 1960, McManus has a bachelor’s in education from McNeese State University. She was appointed to the board by the Legislature in 2011, and for 35 years she has been actively involved as a board member of the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System.

Dr. Daryl Burckel, a professor of accounting at McNeese State University, was elected vice president. Dr. Burckel served as department chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economic Department at McNeese from 1996 to 2002. A former city councilman for the City of Lake Charles, Dr. Burckel has consulted for numerous local governmental entities and serves on local and state boards that impact the Southwest Louisiana community.

Former mayor of Westlake, Dudley Dixon, was elected secretary/treasurer. Dixon was appointed to the board in 2012 by Governor Bobby Jindal. After retiring from Conoco in 1982, Dixon served as mayor of Westlake for six terms. He has served on many local and state boards, including IMCAL, West Calcasieu Association of Commerce, Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the Municipal Employees Retirement System where he serves as chairman.

Michael Eason was elected assistant secretary/treasurer for the commissioners. Appointed to the board by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2013, Eason is senior vice president and resident director of Merrill Lynch in Lake Charles with a 30-year tenure.

The Port of Lake Charles is governed by a seven-member board of commissioners and comprises two marine terminals and over 5,000 acres of property zoned for industrial use, including an industrial park.

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