Board of Supervisors Remembers Late Chair, Approves Realignment
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors’ final meeting of 2011 began on a somber note, with a moment of remembrance for Chair Ben Mount and former system president Allen Copping, both of whom passed away recently.
Mount, 62, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, after a long battle with cancer. He was remembered by his colleagues on the board as a caring and gentle man devoted to the university and the state.
“He adored LSU,” said board member Laura Leach. “I don’t know of anybody on this board that was happier or more excited when he received his appointment.”
Chair-elect Garrett “Hank” Danos was sworn in to succeed Mount.
Copping, 84, served as system president for 14 years, guiding the establishment of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center during that time. He passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1.
“He was a wonderful man, and was very dedicated to LSU,” said Leach. “We will miss him dearly.”
Chief among the board’s new business was an approval for the university to realign six academic units to create the College of Human Sciences & Education. To save money and increase efficiency, six separate academic units from the College of Education, College of Agriculture, School of Social Work, School of Library & Information Science, School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, School of Kinesiology, as well as the University Laboratory School were merged to form the new college. The college will house approximately 117 faculty members, 17 undergraduate and 18 graduate degrees and have a budget of $11.5 million, excluding the lab school’s annual $10.7 million budget. Laura Lindsay, currently interim dean of the College of Education, will initially serve as the dean of the new college as well.
Additionally, the board approved a schematic design for a new residential facility located adjacent to Kirby Smith Hall in the current Hart Lot. The new residence hall will feature three wings of four-story buildings, and cost approximately $21 million.
On the construction note, the board also approved a lease agreement with the Tiger Athletic Foundation for the construction of improvements to the West and North sides of Tiger Stadium, to be completed before the 2013 football season. The new additions will feature a championship plaza, similar to the one at Alex Box Stadium, and new fencing along the stadium’s west side, with a renovated promenade along North Stadium Drive with benches and green space.
The board also authorized System President John Lombardi to approve additional post-season compensation and budget for the Tiger football team’s BCS National Championship Game appearance.
Other actions of the board included:
- Approval of a posthumous degree for LSU student Josh Moulton of Leesville, who passed away this fall in a car accident.
- Approval of a recommendation to consent to the lease of property by LSU to Delta Chi Fraternity and consent to the sale of improvements from Alpha Gamma Rho to Delta Chi.
- Approval of the following distinguished chairs:
- The Ourso Distinguished Chair in Marketing Strategy in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $1,200,000
- The E. J. Ourso Distinguished Chair of Decision and Group Support Systems in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $1,200,000.
- The Marjory B. Ourso Distinguished Chair of Accounting Systems in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $1,200,000.
- The William A. Pryor Chair in the College of Science, donation $600,000.
- Approval of the following distinguished professorships:
- The Shell Professorship in Oceanography/Wetland Studies in the School of the Coast and Environment, donation $300,000.
- The Dr. Richard Bruch Distinguished Professorship #2 in the College of Science, donation $120,000.
- The Ourso Professorship of Communication Studies No. 2 in the Manship School of Mass Communication, donation $120,000.
- The Ourso Professorship of Communication Studies in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $60,000.
- The Manuel/Miller Professorship in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $60,000.
- The Doyle Z. Williams Accounting Professorship in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, donation $60,000.
- The Laura Cordell and John P. “Jay” Moffitt Professorship in Geology and Geophysics in the College of Science, donation $60,000.
- Approval of a request to drop the bachelor of science degree in family & consumer science education in the College of Agriculture.
- Approval of a request to drop the bachelor of science degree in marketing education in the College of Agriculture.
- Approval of a request to change the name of the bachelor of science degree in general business administration to the bachelor of science degree in general business.
- Approval of a request to change the name of the master of science degree in information systems and decision sciences to a master of science degree in analytics at LSU.
- Approval of a request from LSU to re-submit to the Board of Regents the following requests for new degree programs:
- Interdisciplinary Master of Science in coastal and ecological engineering
- Master of Science in construction management
- Ph.D. in environmental sciences