TRSL Board names next director

August 11, 2020

At its July meeting, the TRSL Board of Trustees selected Katherine Whitney to become the next director of the retirement system. 

Whitney will replace Dana L. Vicknair, who is retiring after 32 years of public service—all but six of which were served at TRSL.

“I have had a wonderful career and enjoyed serving the members and retirees of this system for over 25 years,” Vicknair said. “I am so excited for Katherine and the future of TRSL. I have every confidence in her ability to lead TRSL for many years to come.”

Whitney is a familiar face to many members and employers. She has been with TRSL since 2008 and currently serves as TRSL’s deputy director. Prior to that role, she was the retirement system’s deputy general counsel.

“I am honored that the board has entrusted me to lead the retirement system,” Whitney said. “Dana’s incredible knowledge of the system has served our membership well for so many years. I look forward to continuing the high standard of service our members expect of us.”

Whitney has also worked at the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. She is a product of Louisiana’s public schools—graduating from South Terrebonne High School and receiving her bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University and her juris doctorate from LSU. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association.

Whitney’s appointment begins October 5, 2020.
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