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November 23, 2011

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo to speak at ULM Fall Commencement Dec. 17

Monroe Mayor and University of Louisiana at Monroe alum James E. "Jamie" Mayo (BBA, '79) will serve as the keynote speaker for the University of Louisiana at Monroe's 2011 Fall Commencement exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Mayo began his political career with election as a Monroe city councilman in 1995 and was later re-elected twice more to that position before his appointment as interim mayor of the City of Monroe in June of 2001.

In October of 2001, he officially became its mayor and has thus far served uninterrupted in that capacity.

Mayo has stated that he believes "that education is the key to success for all residents of our city, parish and region…and that government and education should work together to benefit students at all educational levels."

Mayo has over 20 years of business experience working with companies such as State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

During his tenure, the City of Monroe has become a six-time winner of the Louisiana Municipal Association Community Achievement Award. Three consecutive awards were in the category for Economic Development (2006, 2007 and 2008).

Among his notable awards is the National Conference of Black Mayor's Valiant Award for outstanding service in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Chapter of American Planning Association Award for Distinguished Leadership, the Rupert F. Richardson Legacy Award, the Louisiana Transit "Extra Mile" Award for Leadership in Public Transportation, the Louisiana Head Start Association Award of Excellence, the Martin Luther King Trailblazer Award from the Ouachita Parish Martin Luther King Foundation, and recognition as Who's Who Among Business Leaders.

He is married to the former Angela Washington. They have two children – Jared and Ashley, and both are graduates of Grambling State University.

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