LSU Board of Supervisors Holds April Meeting
BATON ROUGE – April’s meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors featured approval of the 2011 LaGrad Act tuition and fee increases, as well as approval of a lease to build a Digital Media Building on campus.
The board unanimously agreed to reauthorize the campuses of the LSU System to increase tuition and mandatory fees for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, pursuant to the LaGrad Act. Board member Laura Leach did, however, speak in hope that the state legislature would work to find creative ways to fund higher education and take some of the burden off of students.
The board also approved a preliminary distribution methodology for the 2011-12 budget, based on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget proposal.
The Digital Media Building will be located next to the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center on East Parker Boulevard, and will house approximately 80,000 square feet of leasable space, 50,000 of which will be occupied by the Center for Computation and Technology, with the remainder by EA Sports. The construction will be paid for primarily out of Louisiana capital outlay funds, with additional funds coming from Louisiana Economic Development and a federal grant.
Representatives of EA Sports, which already operates a quality testing center on the university’s South Campus property, were on hand to laud the construction plan, along with East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden.
“These men and women have joined with the leadership of this university in working so that when people look at this industry, Baton Rouge will be a bright spot on the map,” said Holden, triumphing LSU’s work in developing a burgeoning digital media industry in the city.
“This signals to our young people that you don’t have to leave home to find jobs like this,” he added.
In addition to the approval of the degrees to be conferred at the university’s spring commencement exercises, the board approved two honorary degrees and a posthumous one.
Alexander Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud Jr. and Henson Moore were each awarded honorary degrees. Tureaud became LSU’s first African-American undergraduate student in 1953. After being rebuffed by his fellow students and teachers, he eventually completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and went on to earn a graduate degree from Columbia University in New York.
Moore, chair of the Forever LSU campaign and representative of Louisiana’s sixth congressional district for 12 years, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from LSU and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Nassim Kashani, a graduate student who passed away in January 2011, was awarded a posthumous Master of Library & Information Science degree. She had earned 36 of the required 40 hours at the time of her death, and would have completed her degree program in the summer.
The board also approved an extension to the existing contract of Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, from 2013 to 2016.
The board also unanimously thanked and expressed appreciation to the Louisiana Flagship Coalition for its support through the state budget crisis.
Other actions of the board included:
- Approval to reallocate excess bond proceeds from Laville Hall renovations to the planning, construction and equipping of renovations at Annie Boyd Hall and a new residence hall project.
- Approval of a lease agreement with the Tiger Athletic Foundation for construction of additional suites in Alex Box Stadium.
- Approval of an inter-institutional agreement between the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and LSU.