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Top Entertainers, Athletes and Business leaders Inducted into 26th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame

5/18/2016, 3:34 p.m. | Updated on 5/18/2016, 3:34 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) inducted eight new Club alumni into their Alumni Hall of Fame in a ...
J.B. Smoove

Top Entertainers, Athletes and Business leaders Inducted into 26th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) inducted eight new Club alumni into their Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in New Orleans, Louisiana recently. For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country have provided kids and teens of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams including the eight inductees, who have excelled to the top of their fields. The ceremony was hosted by actor and Club alum Courtney B. Vance, and honored alumni who have gone on from their Boys & Girls Club to make major contributions in their professions from sports to entertainment to business. While their stories are different, all started out the same – with the life-changing programs, caring staff and the fun, safe environment of a Boys & Girls Club.

This year’s inductees included:

Katrina M. Adams, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association: This Chicago native made history as the first African-American, first former pro tennis player, and youngest to serve as USTA Chairman, CEO and President in the organization’s 134 year history. Adams also serves as the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City. She is a two-time NCAA All-American and helped the Northwestern University Wildcats capture back-to-back Big 10 tennis championship in 1986 and 1987. Adams also became the first African-American to win a NCAA doubles champion in 1987. She went on to play 12 years as a professional on the Women’s Tennis Association tour, ranking as high as No. 67 in the world in singles and No. 8 in doubles, capturing 20 career doubles titles.

F. King Alexander, President of Louisiana State University

Alexander was named president of Louisiana State University in 2013.

Previously, he served as president of California State University, Long Beach. An internationally respected expert in higher education finance and public policy, Alexander frequently publishes in national journals and for organizations in this field. He also works to facilitate new federal legislation on behalf of all public higher education institutions. He has served as a reviewer, an editorial board member, and a university instructor and faculty member, teaching courses in higher education finance, law, history and current events.

Wayne DeVeydt, Chief Financial Officer of Anthem Inc.

DeVeydt has been a leader and integral contributor to Anthem’s success since 2005. As chief financial officer, he oversees financial operations for over $74 billion in annual revenues. Exceptionally skilled in planning, developing, supervising and implementing business strategies that achieve optimum productivity and cost efficiency, DeVeydt was voted Best Managed Care CFO for 2008, 2011 and 2012 by Institutional Investor. He serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and also on the BGCA National Board of Governors. An active leader in his community, DeVeydt has served as a board member for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.