02/03/2012 05:02 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors began its February meeting with the swearing
in of new member Jack E. Lawton. An oil and gas business executive, and native of
Sulphur, Lawton will fill the remainder of the term of the late Benjamin Mount, who
passed away in December.
Among the business at hand, the board ratified the proposed $21 million mid-year budget
reduction ordered by the state in December 2011. The university’s share will be $8.1
million. Overall, LSU has seen a reduction in general state appropriations of $92
million since January 2009.
In an effort to help save the university money, the board approved a pilot procurement
code, in line with the high-level autonomies provided to LSU by the GRAD Act. Vice
Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services Eric Monday explained the 17-page
document to board members, citing that, with common examples including lab gloves
and toilet paper, the university could have saved up to $75,000 in the 2010 fiscal
year under these rule changes.
“We’re just proposing what universities in 24 other states have, and that’s autonomy
from their state procurement codes,” said Monday. “We want to drive competition from
dollar one to get the best prices, and the focus that we have is to move from being
transactional to not just tactical, but strategic.”
Monday explained that the pilot procurement code, which would be enacted in September
pending approval from the Division of Administration and the Joint Legislative Committee
on the Budget, could save the university more than $20 million over five years.
Additionally, the board received a report from a working group established to explore
organizational and collaborative changes within the system. Per the one-page report:
“any improvements or changes in the LSU System organizational structure must reflect
a long-range perspective that seeks to enhance the national and international competitiveness
of the programs and units within the LSU System for years to come, and avoid negative
consequences of reorganization.”
In a public comment, LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope called for the board
to keep faculty at the university as engaged as possible in any reorganizational or
“We simply ask that you be what we in the faculty think that you are – defenders of
this institution,” said Cope.
The board also approved a design for construction of gateway signage at the university,
once funding is secured. The new signage would adorn the various entry points to campus,
including a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Dalrymple, Lakeshore and Isaac
Cline drives, as well as digital signage along Nicholson Drive.
Other actions of the board included:
• Approval of the following endowed professorships: the Ourso Professorship of Communication
Studies in the E. J. Ourso College of Business for $60,000 and the Zaki Bassiouni
Distinguished Professorship in Critical Thinking in the College of Engineering for
• Approval of a request from LSU and the LSU Agricultural Center to merge the Department
of Veterinary Science into the School of Animal Sciences.
• Approval of a request to merge the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and the Department of Computer Science to form the School of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science at LSU.
• Approval of a recommendation to name the industrial safety laboratory within the
College of Engineering the “Fluor Industrial Safety Laboratory.”
• Approval of a recommendation to name an office in the new Business Education Complex
the “Rolfe H. McCollister, Sr. Office.”
• Approval of a recommendation to name the undergraduate admissions workroom in the
new Business Education Complex the “William Edwin Montan Trust Workroom.”
• Approval of a recommendation to name the lobby in the new Business Education Complex
the “Turner Family Lobby.”
• Approval of a recommendation to name the Reservoir Characterization Lab in the College of Engineering the “Chevron Engineering Reservoir Characterization Lab.”
Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012