Dr. Robert A. Alost was President of Northwestern State for 10 years until his retirement in 1996. He worked with Jimmy Long to open the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and served as its Director from 1982-1986. Alost was the Dean of the College of Education from 1975-1982. At the time of his induction, he was working as a financial advisor for AXA Equitable Insurance.