LSC-O’s Butch Campbell tapped with Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award

Published 2:30 pm Monday, December 28, 2015

Special to The Leader

In the mid 1970’s, Butch Campbell began his teaching career at a very small, but inviting little campus known as Lamar University-Orange. After 40 years of dedicated service in countless capacities, Campbell continues to be what many consider the cornerstone of Lamar State College-Orange.

Giving of his time, talents, and treasure, Campbell has served the LSC-O campus beginning with his role as a Physical Education instructor and championing his current position as Director of Security and Community Liaison. With his “can-do” approach and encouraging attitude, in his words, “The Beautiful Little Campus Downtown”, offers each one of its employees the opportunity to live the campus mission of providing quality education to the area as well as serve the community of Orange and surrounding areas.

Dr. Mike Shahan, president of LSC-O, contacted Campbell to inform him that he was the recipient of the campus’ 2015 Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award. This announcement was not a surprise to most of the faculty and staff at LSC-O and in true form, Campbell received the news with exceptional humility. “All of the volunteers that were recognized by The Foundation and the Rogers Family, don’t do it for the recognition, they do it because they are rewarded each and every time they help someone. Nothing makes you feel better about yourself”, stated Campbell. “I was honored to be the person to represent Beautiful Lamar State College-Orange. Time and time again, this College has shown our pride and our concern for our Community by giving back, through donations, service, and volunteering. Who wouldn’t be honored to represent Beautiful LSC-O?”

Butch Campbell has spearheaded a number of committees at LSC-O and has received countless awards including the President’s Award, numerous Staff Favorite awards, Gumbo Cook-Off Winner as LSC-O representative, past United Way chair, and is the founder of the Annual LSC-O Spring Day, started in 1976, and LSC-O Elves Committee. Campbell, always considering it an honor to work at LSC-O said, “I have been extremely lucky to work with such a caring group of people, and an Administration that encourages each of us to get involved!”

Within the community, Campbell serves as board member and volunteer to countless organizations. A life member of the Orange Lions Club, he is past president, recipient of the Jack Wiech and Melvin Jones Award, and is this year’s recipient of the Lion of the Year Award. He has served as a participant of Cops and Kids for over 18 years dishing out his famous hot dogs and links as well as Master Chef for many local fundraisers and banquets. He has been a board member for Orange Camp fire, March of Dimes Walk-Chair, Back to School Orange County, and Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Butch Campbell has worn many hats over the last four decades. His continued dedication to LSC-O and the entire community of Orange County exemplifies the model citizen. He is a mentor, counselor, and educator. His character epitomizes one of a true champion. If a person is counted among his friends, he is truly blessed. Campbell has set the bar high on the importance of family and community. LSC-O is a far better place and Orange County has prospered by his service. “Mom and Dad taught me to help others and to care for every person. I think they would be proud of the foundation that they gave me”, said Campbell. “And, I sure hope I can pass this down to my kids.” May all be encouraged by his example and strive to meet the challenges he sets forth.