Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates
E. Louis Overstreet, BSCE '67. Everett Louis “Louie” Overstreet graduated from Ohio University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also holds graduate degrees in engineering and has been a licensed professional engineer in Alaska, Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
His 35-year career has ranged from being a staff engineer on the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline to general manager of a multimillion-dollar energy company in Chicago. Presently , he serves as CEO of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, where he is supervising the planning, development, and operation of a multimillion-dollar business incubator, service, and training center. He also spearheaded the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships.
Louie has served on more than fifty boards, including for the Ohio University Alumni Association and the Russ College Department of Civil Engineering. He currently serves on the Las Vegas Clark County Library Board of Trustees, Las Vegas Clark County Law Library Board, Clark County Regional Business Advisory Council (Chairman), Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board, and the Board of Directors of the Cleveland-based engineering firm Tyler Companies.
He has authored three books and written more than 500 hundred editorial columns for three different newspapers. The University of Alaska has requested to serve as the repository for his personal papers.
Recently, Louie was recognized by In Business of Las Vegas magazine as a “Person of Influence in Southern Nevada.” He has received more than three dozen community service awards, including from three different governors of Alaska, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and for his tenure as a member of the Alaska Pacific University board of trustees.