Feb. 20, 2013

Frances Henry Retires After 20 Years of Service to Blue Cross Board of Directors

Longtime educator and community leader Frances Turner Henry retired on Feb. 19 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Board of Directors after 20 years of service.

The Jonesboro native joined the Blue Cross Board of Directors in 1993. She served as Secretary of the Board from 1993 to 2003 and then as Vice-Chair, a position she held until 2005. Since then she has continued to serve as a Board member.

Henry is also a past Board Chair of HMO Louisiana, Inc., and past Secretary of Southern National Life Insurance Company, Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries of Blue Cross. She also has been a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Board of Directors since 2006.

“On behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, I would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Henry for her dedicated service to our company and all of its customers,” said Board Chairman Thad Minaldi. “We will miss the benefit of her experiences and input here at Blue Cross, but we know that Mrs. Henry will continue to contribute to the well-being of all Louisianians in her new service endeavors.”

Henry received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and gained certification in speech and in teaching academically gifted students. She was a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and still holds a special interest in education and health, as evidenced by her active involvement in a number of organizations in those areas. She has served as president of the Jackson Parish Teachers’ Association and is a member of the Louisiana Teachers’ Association and National Teachers’ Association.

She has served for more than 25 years on the boards of directors of the General Health System and Behavioral Health, Inc., and has served 18 years on the Louisiana State Board of Regents. She is a director for the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission and was on the board of the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority.

Henry also is a dedicated community volunteer. She has served since 1995 on the board of directors of Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge. She is a longtime deacon of University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and has given her time and service to the United Way, local Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech University Alumni Board—not to mention the many hours she gave in helping to plan Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Angel Award ceremonies, thus honoring those who better the lives of needy children statewide. She and her husband, E.L. “Bubba” Henry, frequently supported Blue Cross charitable causes and events.

“Frances Henry can always be counted on to support the causes of improved education and healthcare,” said Mike Reitz, Blue Cross president and CEO. “Whether through Blue Cross or her many other activities, she has truly given unprecedented service to the Baton Rouge community and to our entire state.”

Mr. and Mrs. Henry, who have two grown children, live in Baton Rouge.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,900 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

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