Bobby Yarborough Sworn In as Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, Ann Duplessis Selected Chair-Elect
BATON ROUGE – There was a changing of the guard during the September Board of Supervisors meeting. Hank Danos’ term as chairman came to an end and chair-elect Robert “Bobby” Yarborough was sworn in to begin his one-year term as chairman. In addition, Ann Duplessis was selected as chair-elect and will succeed Yarborough when his term ends next year.
“When I reflect upon the accomplishments these past 21 months by the leadership of Chairman Danos, along with the entire Board of Supervisors, I am reminded of this quote from President Harry Truman: ‘Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better,’” Yarborough said. “Mr. Danos, as our courageous leader, has succeeded in leading this board, and this great institution, to better times and a brighter future.”
Danos had served as chair of the LSU Board of Supervisors since December 2011, following the passing of then-chair Benjamin Mount. Per board regulations, Danos finished Mount’s term and then served his own term as chair.
“Serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors has been challenging and richly rewarding,” Danos said. “The members of the Board have been closely aligned on most of the important issues that we have faced. Many of the ‘LSU faithful’ have encouraged, supported and worked on various tasks to better our great university.”
Danos added, “There are opportunities ahead to create an even better LSU. Bobby Yarborough will be an effective chairman, providing a disciplined approach to decision making. He has given wise council to me and to others. Bobby is sensitive to the LSU stakeholders and will offer the perfect leadership needed at this time.”
Yarborough is the CEO/Co-Owner of Manda Fine Meats. He is the member-at-large of the LSU Board, and his term of service ends June 1, 2014.
“In assuming the role of chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I have reflected upon the following saying from the guru of modern management, Mr. Peter Drucker: ‘No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings,’” Yarborough said. “This board is most certainly full of very capable and talented individuals. I am very grateful to Mr. Danos, who has led this board to the place of great opportunity.”
Yarborough added, “Personally, I am encouraged by Mr. Peter Drucker’s statement, which indicates that an average human being can effectively lead. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve this great institution as its Board Chairman.”
About Robert “Bobby” Yarborough:
Yarborough attended Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1976.
Yarborough also serves as chair of the University Medical Center Management Corporation and the Louisiana Egg Commission and is a board member of the Louisiana Children’s Medical Center. He has served as past president of the Louisiana Grocers Manufacturers Representatives Association and the Louisiana Meat Processors Association; past chair of the Southwest Meat Association and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, or LABI; past board member of the Greater Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau and the Louisiana Sanitary Board; and board of director for Business First Bank.
For non-profit boards, he has served as past chair for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Capital Campaign, Greater Baton Rouge Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and the Academic Distinction Fund; past vice chair for the Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge; and past board member for Metro Area YMCA.
Among his honors, Yarborough received the Joseph Ciarrusso Civic Award in 2012, given by the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame; Tribute to Excellence Award in 2009, presented by the Arthritis Association of Louisiana; Businessman of the Year Award in 2009, presented by the Baton Rouge Business Report; Volunteer Activist Award in 2007, presented by the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation; Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America National Service to Youth Award in 2006; and the 2005 Golden Deeds Award, sponsored by the Inner-Civic Council and presented by The Advocate, along with other awards and recognitions.
He has been married to Marsha Barr Yarborough for 38 years, and they have two children and two grandchildren.
About Ann Duplessis:
Duplessis is the senior vice president of Retail Banking, Marketing, Private Banking & Sales, Insurance at Liberty Bank & Trust Co. She represents the 2nd Congressional District, and her term of service on the LSU Board of Supervisors ends June 1, 2018.
She previously served the citizens of New Orleans as deputy chief administrative officer, or CAO, under Mayor Mitch Landrieu. As Deputy CAO, she managed multiple departments that deliver vital city services including: Health, Human Services, Safety & Permits, Taxi Cab Bureau, Code Enforcement, Environmental Health & Safety, Sanitation, Parks & Parkways and New Orleans Recreational Department. Additionally, she served as the customer service czar, helping to transform city government into a more customer friendly and efficient organization.
Duplessis is formally the Louisiana State Senator for District 2, serving New Orleans East, Holy Cross and the Lower Ninth Ward communities from 2002 -2010. Sen. Duplessis retired in June 2010 to accept the Deputy CAO’s position in her hometown of New Orleans.
In addition to serving on the LSU Board of Supervisors, Duplessis serves on the Louisiana Serve Commission and Black Alliance for Educational Options. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the LSU Graduate School of Banking, the Governor’s Study Commission on Consolidation of Higher Education Board, Motivating Students for Success Board, and the Study Commission on Notary.
She is married to Virgil Duplessis, and they have three beautiful daughters, Brooks, Lindsey and Heather, and three granddaughters, Camille, Brooklyn and Sydney.