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Bank exec selected for Ourso College honor

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NEW ORLEANS, La., (KNOE 8 News) – Robert M. Stuart, Jr., head of middle market commercial banking and Louisiana State President for Capital One Bank, has been selected for induction into the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction. 

Stuart and two other members that comprise the 2013 Hall of Distinction class will be inducted March 22, at a ceremony to be held at the Business Education Complex, the new home of the E. J. Ourso College. Selection into the Hall of Distinction is the E. J. Ourso College of Business' highest honor for alumni and friends of the college. Inductees are recognized for their business, academic, government and community contributions. The Hall of Distinction was established in 1996.

"Rob has provided invaluable input as a member of our Dean's Advisory Council," said E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White, Jr. "His accomplishments and his civic contributions to the business community more than qualify him for induction into the Hall of Distinction."

Stuart, who joined Capital One in 2005 following the company's acquisition of Hibernia Corporation, has more than 30 years of banking experience.  

Before being appointed to his current position, he was responsible for leading Capital One Bank's middle market commercial banking business in Louisiana and Texas.

At Hibernia, Stuart served in several management positions, including chief credit officer, Baton Rouge City President, and head of middle-market corporate banking in South Central and Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, Commercial Dealer Services and Consumer Finance Company Banking and Public Finance.

Stuart began his banking career at Fidelity National Bank, for which he served as a Commercial Lending department manager. Hibernia acquired Fidelity in 1986.

Among his many accomplishments in banking, Stuart led Hibernia's efforts to finance a $55 million expansion of LSU's famous Tiger Stadium, undertaken by the Tiger Athletic Foundation in the late 1990s.

Stuart has dedicated many hours of his spare time throughout his career to help local communities. He serves as the chair of the Southeast Super Regional Committee and on the executive committees and boards of the LSU Foundation, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the Louisiana Flagship Coalition. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Blueprint Louisiana, Council for a Better Louisiana, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Economic Development Board, the Shaw Center for the Arts and as a member of E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean's Advisory Council.  He is also a past chair of Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Woman's Hospital.  

A native of Baton Rouge, Stuart earned his bachelor's and master's in finance, both from LSU. He also completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.

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