After 12 years of working in Oklahoma and Texas, UL alumnus David Edmiston had the chance to come back to his hometown and his alma mater to lead the Alumni Association. spoke with him recently.

Tell us about yourself.

I'm a 1982 graduate of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana. I come from a long line of UL alums. My father, my mother, by brother, my two sisters, my niece, my wife, and my son are all UL alumni.  My son Drew played football here.  My daughter Erin was Miss UL 2010, she was just on the homecoming court, and she'll become an alumna when she graduates this December.

I began attending UL football games at old McNaspy Stadium when was 6 years old. I was there when we beat Terry Bradshaw.

I used to hang out under McNaspy skateboarding, and they'd run me off. So I finally got a car and skateboarded at Cajun Field, and they ran me off from there, too.  Now I'm back.

Without the skateboard.

I was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. I first admired my wife in my Louisiana History class, although she never noticed me. Every time she walked through the door, I would tell my fraternity brothers that somehow I was going to find a way to date her.

The ironic thing about that is when my father was here, back when we were SLI, he walked up behind this beautiful young brunette and said, "I'm going to marry you some day." She was my mother. So it runs in the family.

And so does UL blood.

What did you do after graduation?

I started my own business in the home medical supply industry. I rented and sold medical supply equipment to the general public, and to medical institutions on the wholesale market as well. I owned that for 23 years, across the street from LGMC.

Then I had an opportunity to venture into the pharmaceutical industry with AstraZeneca and was transferred to Tulsa. After 3 years there, I had the opportunity to move to Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Soon after that, I was transferred to Houston as regional sales manger with 12 employees under me serving Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

On my journey to Tulsa some 12 years ago, as I left the Texas state line and ventured into Oklahoma, I immediately saw a landscape of green turn completely brown. The first thing out of my mouth to my mother was, "My God, where am I moving my family?" Three days later when my mother was heading back to Louisiana, I kissed her and said, "Keep the light on for me, I'll be back."  So for 12 years, I've been clicking my heels to come back to Louisiana.

And I've always had the desire to work at UL. I had made that known to several friends on the campus and low and behold an opportunity opened up, and I got a phone call encouraging me to apply for this position, which I did.

Then one morning there was a big vermilion balloon on my front lawn, and I hopped on it and came back to UL.

Now I'm here, and I'm home. I was raised at this University. I have seen the challenges, and I have seen the progress, and I now get to live the dream that so many of us hope for.

Because UL is becoming a very well-respected university on the academic side, and now on the athletic side, too. You can't generate $68M in research funds without being respected. You don't have 2800 freshmen sign up for your University without being respected. You don't attract students from 101 countries without being respected.  And you don't get 30,000 fans in your stadium without being respected.

It's a great time to be a Ragin' Cajun, and I am so blessed to be given an opportunity to serve this University, and to be home.