04/25/2013 08:18 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Administrative Services Task Force Group of LSU’s Transition Advisory
Team met on Wednesday, April 24, at the LSU AgCenter, to discuss various ways that
the university system can improve administrative efficiency.
The Administrative Services Task Force is focusing on improving efficiency, identifying
barriers and adopting service structures through analysis of internal university processes,
external regulatory impediments, insurance and risk management, employee benefits
and LA GRAD Act 2.0.
Marie Frank, executive director of Procurement Services and Property Management at
LSU, gave an extensive presentation to the task force on the ways in which the state’s
procurement code has presented challenges to efficiency in the past. Procurement services
and the state’s procurement code was one of the areas targeted by LA GRAD Act 2.0
as one that LSU could improve upon if the act’s performance objectives were met.
“We knew that it was important to find a way to save money in this area,” said Frank.
She outlined areas that could be considered “low-hanging fruit” and easily addressed,
such as office supplies.
“If we could use one vendor for all of our supplies needs,” Frank said, “then there
are certain bulk discounts that would be available for those products.”
Frank also explained that under LA GRAD Act 2.0 the state has allowed LSU to participate
in a pilot procurement code program for three years, after which the university would
have to report and prove that the code changes did in fact help save money and improve
“A university operates differently from other state agencies in this regard,” Frank
explained. “So why should it have to follow all of the same rules that apply to those
“We have a great opportunity to raise all of these issues in the public eye and really
show how silly all of this is,” said Lee Griffin, co-chair of the Finance and Revenue
Sub-Committee and member of the Transition Advisory Committee. “I think these things
could get a lot of traction with people.”
For the task force’s next meeting, members were also charged with developing an administrative
organizational chart for all LSU System campuses, in order to detail how the various
human resource, property management and other administrative functions are structured
on the various campuses.
“We’re going to have a new president coming in,” SSA Consultants’ Christel Slaughter
said, referring to incoming LSU President F. King Alexander. “And we need to be able
to show these things to him.”
Agendas for this and all LSU2015 sub-committee and task force group meetings can be
found at http://www.lsu.edu/LSU2015/subcommittees_meeting_schedule.shtml.
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013