Board Elects Scott Cooper Chairman

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans today elected Scott H. Cooper chairman. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Mr. Cooper to the Board in December of 2011. He succeeds Mr. Gregory R. Rusovich, whose term as chairman expired this month. Mr. Rusovich will continue to serve as a commissioner. In addition, the Board elected Mr. William T. Bergeron vice chairman and Mr. Michael W. Kearney its secretary-treasurer.

Mr. Cooper is president of Crescent Towing and Executive Vice President of Cooper/T. Smith.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans,” Mr. Cooper said. “I’m prepared to lead the Board and to build upon the success we have experienced under the leadership of Mr. Rusovich.”

“I am grateful and appreciative for the time I’ve had to lead this Board,” Mr. Rusovich said. “The Port of New Orleans truly has the big ‘Mo’ right now and as long as we stay focused on the needs of customers and clients we will continue to build upon that momentum. I have every confidence that Mr. Cooper will excel in his new role.”

The Board is made up of seven commissioners. They are unsalaried and serve five-year staggered terms. The Governor of Louisiana appoints Board members from a list of three nominees submitted by 19 local civic, labor, education and maritime groups. The Board reflects the three-parish jurisdiction, with four members from Orleans Parish, two from Jefferson Parish and one from St. Bernard Parish. Other Board members include Mr. William T. Bergeron, Mr. Robert “Rusty” Barkerding Jr., Mr. Michael W. Kearney, Mr. Laney J. Chouest and Mr. Daniel F. Packer.

The Port marked a 14-year high in regards to cargo tonnage at public docks in 2014, including an alltime high in containerized cargo with 490,526 twenty-foot-equivalent units moving through the Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal last year and a projection of well over 500,000 TEUs for 2015. The cargo figures come on the heels of record cruise growth, as the Port topped 1 million passenger embarkations and disembarkations for the first time.