LSU Board of Supervisors Holds February Meeting

02/01/2013 05:43 PM

BATON ROUGE – During the February LSU Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved Memoranda of Understandings or amendments to existing Memoranda regarding the operation of five hospitals; approved amendments to LSU Football Coach Les Miles’ contract; and approved the establishment of an assessment structure for LSU Online, LSU’s online degree program, among other items.

The Board also heard reports providing an update on the LSU Transition Advisory Team and the Presidential Search Committee.

A Transition Advisory Team Immersion workshop is scheduled on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature Stan Ikenberry, the former president of the University of Illinois and of the American Council of Education.

The Presidential Search Committee met prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting, and R. William Funk, president of Fund & Associates, provided an update on the search process.

Funk said the search process is going well and there is a good-sized pool of candidates that is diverse in ethnicity, gender and geographic location. The president’s position is an attractive one due to the combination of both System president and LSU chancellor duties, he said.

During the Board meeting, LSU Board of Supervisors student member Justin Mannino was added to the Presidential Search Committee.

The hospital Memoranda of Understanding or amendments approved included Amended and Restated Memorandum of Understanding originally approved Dec. 14, 2012, relating to University Medical Center in New Orleans; Amended and Restated Memorandum of Understanding originally approved Dec. 14, 2012, relating to L. J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma; Amended and Restated Memorandum of Understanding originally approved Dec. 14, 2012, relating to University Medical Center in Lafayette; Memorandum of Understanding for amendment of Cooperative Endeavor Agreement effective Feb. 5, 2010, between Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the LSU Board of Supervisors, relating to services previously provided by Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge; and Memorandum of Understanding relating to W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center in Lake Charles.

Dr. Frank Opelka, LSU System executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, presented the activities at the LSU Health Sciences Centers and the LSU Health Care Services Division. During his status report, he outlined the five key aspects of LSU health, which include patients, students and residents, faculty, partners and health care effectiveness.

The Board approved amendments to the employment agreement for Miles. For more details on the contract information, visit

“Les Miles is one of the most successful coaches in America and he has the LSU program in position to compete for championships each and every year in the most dominant football conference in the country,” said Joe Alleva, vice chancellor and director of athletics. “He recruits at an elite level, his players graduate and he is a respected member of the community.  We are proud he will lead the LSU football program for the long-term future.”

The Board approved the establishment of an assessment structure for LSU Online, which will offer four graduate programs online beginning March 4, including Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in construction management, Master of Science in human resource leadership development and Master of Arts in higher education administration.

The Board heard a presentation on the Master Plan for the Nicholson Gateway Development, which will create a new center for the LSU campus and surrounding community along Nicholson Drive. The Nicholson Gateway Development project will improve the quality and use of the corridor and improve housing offerings, attract and retain residents and accommodates a growing population. For more information on this project, visit  

As part of the Nicholson Gateway Development, the Board heard a recommendation to approve the execution of a ground lease between the Board of Supervisors and Foundation Office Building LLC for construction of a new LSU Foundation Building and related improvements.

During the president’s report, James Oxley, who was named a Boyd Professor during the December 2012 board meeting, was recognized, and he thanked the Board for honoring him as a Boyd Professor.

“I really am proud to join the ranks of Boyd Professor,” Oxley said. “I’m truly grateful to all of the people who helped to bring me here today and I thank you, the members of the Board, for bestowing on me this prestigious honor.”

A newly added item to the Board agenda is a report from the Council of Faculty Advisors and Council of Staff Advisors. Kevin Cope, LSU Faculty Senate president, and Gena Doucet from Pennington delivered these first reports.

Other actions of the board included:

  • Received a status report on the LSU Shreveport commitment plan. For more information, visit
  • Approval of a Letter of Intent for a Master of Arts History at LSU Shreveport
  • Approval of a B.F.A. degree in digital arts at LSU Shreveport.
  • Approval of an Inter-Institutional and License Agreement for Intellectual Property Management between LSU and Portland State University.
  • Approval of the one-year extension of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Scholarship Authority.
  • Approved the proposed FY 2012-13 mid-year reduction allocations and the related reduction plans.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013