Dr. Loneta Graves passed away September 11, 2011. Best remembered for her 34 year career of what was to become Northwestern State University, she began work in the auditor’s office and would go on to retire as the first female vice president of a public college or university in the state of Louisiana as Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs, as well as EEO Officer and Appointing Authority for Civil Services. She held professional membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Omega Pi, Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Kappa Gamma.
In 1987 she was awarded the status of Vice President Emeritus from NSU, only to be followed up by an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 1992 and acknowledged as a Golden Jubilee Alumnus in 2005. After that she was enrolled in the “N” Club for distinguished service in 2008.