LSU Board of Supervisors Holds December Meeting

12/12/2014 05:38 PM

BATON ROUGE – In its final meeting of 2014, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved plans for two new buildings on the LSU campus, the renaming of the LSU Honors College and the doubling of its funding toward the Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer, or LIFT2, Fund.

 

The board approved schematic designs for the new Kappa Sigma fraternity house and the new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center, both scheduled to come online in 2016.

 

Board members also agreed to rename the Honors College in honor of alumnus Roger Houston Ogden’s recent $12 million investment in the college. The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is named in honor of Ogden’s father, the late Roger Hadfield Ogden, and son, Dr. Roger Hadfield “Field” Ogden II, an orthopedic surgeon in New Orleans.

 

With the announced doubling of the LIFT2 Fund, the board increased their investment from $2 million to $4 million in the proof-of-concept fund. The LIFT2 Fund provides small grants to faculty on a competitive basis twice a year in amounts up to $50,000, validates the market potential of their inventions.

 

The planned three-story, 23,000-square-foot new Kappa Sigma house – which will replace the nearly 80-year-old current house on Dalrymple Drive – comes with a budget of $6 million and will be paid for by the fraternity, Kappa Sigma representatives told the board. Work is expected to begin in the summer of 2015, with completion tentatively set for the summer of 2016.

 

The proposed $12 million Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center, to be located on Nicholson Drive near Skip Bertman Drive and the future LSU Foundation building, will serve both student-athletes and non-athletes and could possibly be open to the public on game days, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said. He added that funding for the facility comes from private funds raised through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Construction on the facility is scheduled to start in April 2015, with an opening date in the spring of 2016.

 

In other action, the board also voted to amend its bylaws to reduce the amount of board action regarding personnel matters.

 

Dan Layzell, system vice president of finance and administration, said that the recommendation, which removes about 80 percent of board matters regarding personnel approvals, will help streamline personnel approvals. He added that the board would retain significant oversight over head coaches and athletic director contracts, as well as certain other coaching positions, and amendments and significant matters impacting executive-level positions that report to the president or the board.

 

“Doing this will cut down on bureaucratic duplication and eliminate possible slowdowns in the process,” Alexander said.

 

At the request of Board Member Scott Angelle, the board added a two-year sunset clause in the amendment, so that it could make possible changes to the structure at that time, if it saw fit.

 

Board members also honored longtime general counsel Shelby McKenzie, who is retiring at year’s end after a nearly 50-year career with LSU.

 

The board also took the following consent actions:
• Approval of degrees to be conferred at the Fall 2014 commencement exercises;
Approval to name the LSU Honors College the “Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College”;
• Full approval of the Institute for Advanced Materials at LSU;
• The establishment of the Master of Digital Media Arts & Engineering degree at LSU;
• Reauthorization of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans;
• Approval of the establishment of the following graduate certificate programs at LSU:
  - Behavior and Health;
  - Life Span Studies; Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction; and Econometrics;
• The establishment of the Freeport-McMoRan Endowed Chair in Economics No. 2 in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, based on a donation of $600,000;
• The establishment of the Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Chair in the Arts, Department of Arts, English and Humanities at LSU-Alexandria, based on a donation of $600,000;
• Approval of the following endowed professorships at LSU-Alexandria, based on donations of $60,000:
  - The Capital One Endowed Professorship in Business;
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Professorship No. 2; and
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Professorship No. 3;
• Approval of the following scholarships at LSU-Alexandria, based on donations of $60,000:
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Scholarship No. 1 for First-Generation College Students;
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Scholarship No. 2 for First-Generation College Students;
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Scholarship No. 3 for First-Generation College Students;
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Scholarship No. 4 for First-Generation College Students; and
  - The Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Scholarship No. 5 for First Generation College Students;
• Approval of a revised servitude agreement between LSU and John and Frances Monroe; and
• Authorization for the LSU President and Chancellor to approve football postseason additional compensation in accordance with existing board policy or coaches’ contracts.

 

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Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014