Braxton “B.I.” Moody III
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette renamed its College of Business Administration after Moody in recognition of his service to the business industry in Acadiana as well as his community involvement. Currently, Moody is chairman of The Moody Company and of Louisiana State Newspapers Inc., both located in Lafayette. Moody has had a tremendous impact on the Acadiana area. Mr. Moody graduated from Rayne High School and attended Auburn University. His college career was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, Moody returned and entered then-SLI where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Following graduation, Moody was the founding partner in the CPA firm of Moody, Broussard, Poché & Guidry. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chart House Inc. in Lafayette and Chairman of the Board for First National Bank of Lafayette. His services on boards of directors include Rayne State Bank & Trust Company, First National Bank of Crowley, Acadia Savings and Loan Administration, First Commerce of New Orleans, Coastal Chemical Company of Abbeville, Lastarmco Inc. of Abbeville, Riviana Foods Inc. of Houston, Celeron Oil Company Inc. of Lafayette and Quantum Restaurants Inc. of New York. Moody is married to the former Thelma Hebert of Rayne and they are the parents of nine children and grandparents to 48 grandchildren.