04/17/2013 07:17 PM
BATON ROUGE – April’s meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors featured the approval
of agreements for the management of LSU System hospitals in New Orleans and Lafayette,
a new Boyd Professorship, honorary degrees and the naming of the baseball field at
Alex Box Stadium for legendary Tiger baseball coach Skip Bertman.
The board approved cooperative endeavor agreements for the management of Charity Hospital
and Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans and University Medical Center at Lafayette.
The former will be managed by Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, and the latter
by Lafayette General Health System Inc.
Professor R. Eugene Turner was named LSU’s 71st Boyd Professor and the 46th for the
main campus. The Boyd Professorship is the university’s highest faculty honor. Turner
is the LSU Distinguished Research Master and Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography/Wetlands
Studies and is an internationally renowned coastal expert and leader in the field
of hypoxia, or dead zone, research.
Additionally, the board approved three honorary degrees, including one for Interim
President and Interim Chancellor William L. Jenkins.
“The entire state of Louisiana, in my opinion, owes Dr. Jenkins a tremendous debt
of gratitude,” said Board Member James W. Moore.
“This is an overwhelming moment,” said Jenkins, who has served the LSU System in several
capacities over the previous 25 years, including as dean of the LSU School of Veterinary
Medicine, chancellor and president. “This has been a labor of love for me. It has
been a real privilege to serve you.”
Honorary degrees were also awarded to American blues legend George “Buddy” Guy and
U.S. Air Force Major Gen. Jasper Welch. Guy, a native of Lettsworth, La., who worked
in the LSU Office of Facility Services from 1955-57, is known as one of the most influential
guitarists in American music history, and is a six-time Grammy Award winner. Gen.
Welch graduated from LSU in 1952 and went on to a distinguished career in the Air
Force, serving as chief of theoretical physics at the Air Force Special Weapons Center,
as well as the National Security Council.
These doctorates of humane letters will be awarded at LSU’s commencement exercises
on May 16.
The board honored another LSU legend by approving a resolution to name the baseball
field at Alex Box Stadium for former Tiger baseball coach and LSU Athletic Director
Stanley “Skip” Bertman. Bertman coached the Tigers from 1984-2001 and established
LSU as one of the elite programs within college baseball, winning more than 800 games,
appearing in the College World Series 11 times and winning five national championships.
More information on Bertman’s honor can be found at http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=207263362.
In other athletics news, LSU-Alexandria was approved to introduce five new sports
programs for the 2014-15 academic year, funded by an additional student athletic fee,
along with booster support and other donations. More information is available at http://news.lsua.edu/?id=1625.
Among university personnel actions approved by the board was the contract for F. King
Alexander as the next president and chancellor of LSU. Alexander, the current president
of California State University at Long Beach, will make approximately $600,000 per
The board also received an update on the activities of the LSU2015 Transition Advisory
Team from Christel Slaughter of SSA Consulting.
“We’ve gotten the niceties out of the way and we’re into a lot of the hard work of
looking at this process,” said Slaughter, highlighting some of the various experts
that have spoken at meetings for the team, its sub-committees and task forces, as
well as recapping the topics that have been explored.
Board of Supervisors Chair Hank Danos urged Slaughter and Transition Team members
in attendance to make sure to capture as many ideas as possible, and be ready to look
into their implementation.
“It’s obvious that there’s a lot of energy being put forth here,” he said. “And there’s
a lot of ideas coming forward.”
More information on LSU2015 is available at http://www.lsu.edu/LSU2015/.
During the President’s Report portion of the board meeting, Jenkins introduced Miss
LSU USA Hillary Tuttle, as well as new LSU Student Government President John Woodard
and students Catherine Fontenot and Matthew Landrieu, who recently received the prestigious
Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The board also approved a resolution honoring its student
representative, Justin T. Mannino, whose term will end this summer.
Other actions taken by the board include:
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013