February 22, 2008

Sybil Morial Retires from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Board of Directors


Educator, activist and community leader Sybil Haydel Morial on Feb. 19 retired from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Board of Directors after 14 years of service.

The former First Lady of New Orleans and Xavier University executive joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Board in 1993. She is also a past Board Chairwoman of HMO Louisiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross.

"On behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, I would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Morial for her dedicated service to our company and all of its customers," said 2007 Board Chairman Virgil Robinson, Jr. "While we will miss the benefit of her experience here at Blue Cross, we know that she will continue to contribute to the well being of all Louisianians."

Morial's lifetime involvement with human and civil rights dates back to the 1950s, when she became an active member of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the League of Women Voters. She was a founder of the Louisiana League of Good Government, a non-partisan, interracial women's organization devoted to civil liberties and full participation in government for all Louisiana citizens.

Both her late husband and her son served as mayor of New Orleans. During their terms, Mrs. Morial worked to improve the quality of education and healthcare for minorities. She also served as executive producer of A House Divided, a highly acclaimed documentary about the desegregation of New Orleans.

Morial's other civic affiliations include the Metropolitan Area Committee, the United Fund, the New Orleans Council of Arts for Children and the Amistad Research Center. Her community involvement has merited many awards, including the Torch of Liberty Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award, the Whitney M. Young Brotherhood Award and the National Council of Jewish Women's Hannah Solomon Award.

Morial holds a master's degree from Boston University. She has five children.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is Louisiana-owned and -operated. Marking its 74th anniversary this year, the company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a tax-paying mutual company, owned by its policyholders. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also has district offices in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport. The company's subsidiaries include HMO Louisiana, Inc. and Southern National Life Insurance Company, Inc.