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Ogden Honors Alumna Named a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Logan de la Barre-Hays is chosen for the highly competitive program

Logan de la Barre-Hays, LSU graduate and native of Jackson, Miss., has been named a finalist for the 2017 Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program. The prestigious and highly competitive program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Presidential Management Fellows are chosen based on their leadership skills, their future career goals and their interest in working in federal public service. Eligible applicants must have completed a higher degree program by the time the fellowship period starts. Many Fellows have extensive experience in international studies, public administration, technology, science, health, human resources, business or financial management, all of which are valuable to federal agencies.

In order to become an official fellow, a finalist must obtain employment with the federal government within one year of being selected as a finalist.

Logan de la Barre-HaysDe la Barre-Hays, who is an alumna of the Ogden Honors College, received dual bachelor’s degrees in international studies and political science in May 2014 with minors in Arabic, religious studies and history. In July of last year, she received dual master’s degrees from Columbia University and the London School of Economics in international and world history. While at LSU, she was a two-time recipient of the prestigious U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic.

“I was delighted but not surprised when Logan let me know of her selection as a PMF Finalist,” said Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Ogden Honors Office of Fellowship Advising. “Throughout her time here at LSU, she built an impressive resume of service, foreign language, and policy experiences. As a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship, she perfected her Arabic during a summer in Morocco, and as a graduate student, she capitalized on her undergraduate initiative with a year at the prestigious London School of Economics. Clearly, Logan has the background to make substantial contributions to international policy and foreign relations. She is a stellar representative of LSU and the Ogden Honors College.” 

“When the list of finalists for the PMF class of 2017 was posted, I was both surprised and jubilant to see my name,” de la Barre-Hays said. “My time in the Honors College at LSU fostered my growing sense of social responsibility and a dedication to one's local and the international community. I was challenged by both my professors and my peers to hold myself to the highest standards of personal integrity, question injustice and seek creative solutions to problems of all magnitudes.”

Ultimately, de la Barre-Hays said, she would like to stay true to her background in international affairs and eventually join the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer.

“As a PMF finalist, I hope to have the opportunity to put to practice what I learned as a humanities and social sciences student at LSU. I am proud as always to call myself a Tiger, and humbled to have the opportunity to represent LSU in our nation’s capitol.”

The Presidential Management Fellows Program

The PMF program is the federal government’s premier fellows program. Since its creation by Executive Order in 1977, more than 6,000 men and women from the nation’s top graduate programs have become fellows and moved on to serve their nation at duty stations primarily in Washington, D.C., but also across the United States and worldwide. For more information on the PMF program, visit

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.