Northwestern State University honored five graduates with induction into the school’s alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line, Friday.
The 2016 inductees are Greg Ashlock of Los Angeles, Foster Campbell of Bossier City, Dr. James L. Holly of Beaumont, Texas, Glenn Talbert of Shreveport and the late Dr. Randall J. Webb.
Campbell is an elected official, businessman and farmer from Bossier Parish. He was elected to the North Louisiana seat on the Public Service Commission in November 2002, representing 24 parishes and nearly one million people. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. Previously he served in the Louisiana Senate representing Northwest Louisiana.
Campbell, a 1969 graduate in business and economics, owns and operates two insurance agencies in Bossier City. As a state senator Campbell led a three-year campaign to regulate the rates charged by rural electric cooperatives, lowering electric bills for a million state residents. He created the $1 billion Educational Excellence Fund for local schools from Louisiana’s Tobacco Settlement.
In 2001 he coauthored “Do Not Call” legislation protecting consumers from sales calls at home.
An avid sportsman, Campbell passed bills creating special license plates celebrating the Louisiana Black Bear and Bobwhite Quail. Another Campbell bill established Youth Hunting Days to encourage young people to get involved in hunting. He was named “Conservationist of the Year” in 1997 by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. At the PSC, Campbell has led efforts to prohibit wining and dining of commissioners and Commission staff by utilities. He has pushed for lower rates, energy efficiency, renewable power and expansion of high-speed Internet service.
In 2004 Campbell made national and international news by persuading the PSC to provide telephone service to the Mink community in Natchitoches Parish. Residents of this small community in Kisatchie National Forest had lobbied for 40 years to get phone service.
Since 1990, 115 NSU alumni have been named to the Long Purple Line, NSU’s highest honor of distinction.