09/06/2013 04:39 PM
BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge’s Bobby Yarborough was sworn in to begin his term as the
chair of the LSU Board of Supervisor’s at its September meeting Friday, Sept. 6, at
the LSU University Administration Building on campus.
Yarborough, the CEO/co-owner of Manda Fine Meats, succeeds previous chair Hank Danos.
Additionally, the board unanimously selected board member Ann Duplessis of New Orleans
as the chair-elect. Duplessis will succeed Yarborough as chair in 2014.
More information is available on Yarborough and Duplessis at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2013/09/item63549.html.
In his first act as chair, Yarborough and the board honored Danos for his service
in a resolution.
“You came on at a time when you probably didn’t know what you were in for and the
challenges of the position,” said board member Ray Lasseigne. “But you rose to the
challenge and you helped us get through them.”
Danos assumed the chair abruptly in December of 2011 when then-chair Benjamin Mount
passed away suddenly from cancer. Per board rules, Danos finished Mount’s tenure before
serving his own.
“It’s easier when you have a board that supports you,” Danos said. “Beyond that, I
also have to thank the LSU community and faithful for working with us to help make
this university a better place. It’s been my privilege and my pleasure.”
“I’ve said it many times, we have an incredible board here and I’m very excited to
work with each and every one of you,” said Yarborough.
The board also approved a three-pronged resolution to consolidate the administration
of the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter.
"There’s no greater asset to a land-grant university than agriculture because it is
in every artery of the state,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander.
“Our connection to every parish in this state is in agriculture and in our research
stations. It’s great to be able to promote that, and advance that throughout Louisiana.
Through this consolidation we can build a stronger College of Agriculture, a stronger
AgCenter and stronger Ag extension service.”
Alexander, LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell and AgCenter Chancellor
William Richardson all praised the consolidation as a move that will improve communication
and efficiency in LSU’s agricultural teaching and research programs.
“This is the right step forward,” said Richardson. “We consider the entire state to
be our campus, and that’s the direction I see the president taking as well.”
More information on the consolidation is available at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2013/09/item63565.html.
Additionally, the board approved the 2013-2014 fiscal year operating budget, including
the recent merit increases approved for LSU faculty and staff.
The board also approved a cooperative endeavor agreement by and among itself, Christus
Health Central Louisiana; Rapides Healthcare System L.L.C., the state of Louisiana
through the Division of Administration and the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals for the administration of Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville, La.
Other actions taken by the board include:
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013