April 07, 2008

Blue Cross Executive Peggy Scott Joins LSU Hall of Distinction


Louisiana State University's E.J. Ourso College of Business inducted Peggy Scott, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, into its 2008 Hall of Distinction. The ceremony took place April 4 at LSU's Lod Cook Conference Center in Baton Rouge, La.Peggy Scott

Scott joins 44 other members in the Hall of Distinction, which recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to business, academia or government as well as to their community. She was selected because of her highly successful business career and long-term support of the college and LSU.

"This is the highest honor the college can bestow upon an individual," said William R. Lane, interim dean of the Ourso College.

"This is a great honor," Scott said. "My time at LSU helped pave the way for my career, and for that I am thankful. To be recognized as an outstanding businesswoman, in the company of these other great colleagues, is very humbling. I am enormously grateful."

A CPA and Certified Valuation Analyst, Scott earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from LSU and an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans. She had a distinguished early career in public accounting and consulting with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and was the first woman in the firm's 100-year history to head any Deloitte office. Scott has served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer with major operational roles at several other companies, including Pan-American Life Insurance Company, Novant Health, Inc., and General Health System. She received a Presidential Citation under Ronald Reagan for her work on Louisiana budgetary reforms.

Last year, Scott was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Business and Industry Hall of Fame, the first Louisianian and the third woman to receive the honor. In 2004, Scott was named the IMA/Robert Half National Financial Executive of the Year - the first woman to receive the award. She also has been selected as Tulane's Outstanding Accounting Alumnus and was named a 2004 Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
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.