LSU Board of Supervisors Holds October Meeting
BATON ROUGE – At its October meeting, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to its bylaws that will allow for future licensing agreements and other forms of intellectual property and technology transfer to proceed without approval from the board.
The idea was suggested by the Transition Advisory Team in its final report, and will be further pursued by a committee led by LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander.
“We will have more suggestions in December on how to streamline this process, as well as re-engage our faculty in this regard,” Alexander said.
Board member Stephen Perry noted that the competition for federal grants and funding that these agreements can attract make it necessary for the board to increase the ease with which faculty can pursue them.
“One thing this board is dedicated to is the elimination of bureaucratic impediments,” said Perry. “We will continue to work on more formal statements and the development of a policy that works for the entire system. We have to increase our competitiveness in this regard.”
LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva gave a presentation to the board’s Athletic Committee on the current state of the LSU athletic department, and on the proposed revision to the LSU athletics ticket, parking and tradition fund policy, which was originally scheduled but tabled for this meeting. More information on the flexible ticket pricing plan proposal is available at http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=209285704.
Alleva detailed the athletic department’s revenues and expenses and explained the need to balance increasing expenses from things such as athletes’ tuition and building and renovating facilities, with expanding the department’s reserve fund and paying its debt service.
“The board needs to consider giving athletics more freedom to make these decisions,” said Athletic Committee Chair Blake Chatelain. “But with more general oversight.”
Additionally, the board approved a posthumous degree for Christopher Broussard, an LSU student who passed away in August of this year.
The board also honored longtime secretary Carleen Smith, who is retiring after 30 years of service to the LSU System.
Other actions taken by the board include:
- Approval for the reauthorization of the Red River Watershed Management Institute at LSU-Shreveport;
- Full approval of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences at the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport;
- Approval of a request to establish an Institute for Advanced Materials at LSU;
- Approval of a request from LSU-Eunice to apply its technology fee up to 20 credit hours per semester;
- Approval of a budget revision request of an Act 959 construction project renovations to wings 4G, 4J and 4H in the hospital at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport;
- Approval of an Act 959 Construction Project for a Linear Accelerator Vault for LSU Veterinary Medicine;
- Approval of a lease agreement with the LSU School of Medicine New Orleans Medical Alumni Association Inc., and the Board of Supervisors for the construction of Improvements to the second floor of the Clinical Sciences Building;
- Approval of degrees to be conferred at the Fall 2013 commencement exercises;
- Approval to name a classroom at LSU-Alexandria after Solomon Northrup; and
- Approval to name the LSU black box theater in the Multi-Purpose Academic Center the “Richard Gwartney Theater.”