July 1, 2010
University family gathers to bid fond farewell
to the Cofers
The University of Louisiana at Monroe campus family gathered to bid farewell to ULM President James E. and First Lady Deborah Cofer on Monday, June 28, in the seventh floor conference room of the library.
As hundreds of well wishers formed a long line to extend their heartfelt good-byes, others sampled a variety of fresh dishes and watched a slide show displaying images of the campus transformation that occurred during Cofer’s eight-year tenure.
Cofer is leaving ULM to become president of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 1.
ULM Student Government Association President Brook Sebren told those gathered that he experienced first-hand the generosity and hard work of the Cofer presidency, which began in 2002.
Anne Lockhart, director of development at ULM, represented the university family with a parting gift to the Cofers – a framed collage of photographs depicting their years at ULM. In addition, a live oak tree was planted in honor and recognition of the Cofers in the front yard of Bon Aire, the university residence.
Dr. Richard Hood, executive assistant to the president, said ULM’s first lady "possessed the most beautiful personality" and concluded, "most importantly, they made us proud to wear maroon and gold."
Photos by Melissa Lawson, ULM Athletic Foundation