LSU Board Changes Leadership, Consolidates Agriculture Administration at September Meeting

09/06/2013 04:39 PM

BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge’s Bobby Yarborough was sworn in to begin his term as the chair of the LSU Board of Supervisor’s at its September meeting Friday, Sept. 6, at the LSU University Administration Building on campus.

Yarborough, the CEO/co-owner of Manda Fine Meats, succeeds previous chair Hank Danos.

Additionally, the board unanimously selected board member Ann Duplessis of New Orleans as the chair-elect. Duplessis will succeed Yarborough as chair in 2014.

More information is available on Yarborough and Duplessis at

In his first act as chair, Yarborough and the board honored Danos for his service in a resolution.

“You came on at a time when you probably didn’t know what you were in for and the challenges of the position,” said board member Ray Lasseigne. “But you rose to the challenge and you helped us get through them.”

Danos assumed the chair abruptly in December of 2011 when then-chair Benjamin Mount passed away suddenly from cancer. Per board rules, Danos finished Mount’s tenure before serving his own.

“It’s easier when you have a board that supports you,” Danos said. “Beyond that, I also have to thank the LSU community and faithful for working with us to help make this university a better place. It’s been my privilege and my pleasure.”

“I’ve said it many times, we have an incredible board here and I’m very excited to work with each and every one of you,” said Yarborough.

The board also approved a three-pronged resolution to consolidate the administration of the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter.

"There’s no greater asset to a land-grant university than agriculture because it is in every artery of the state,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “Our connection to every parish in this state is in agriculture and in our research stations. It’s great to be able to promote that, and advance that throughout Louisiana. Through this consolidation we can build a stronger College of Agriculture, a stronger AgCenter and stronger Ag extension service.”

Alexander, LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell and AgCenter Chancellor William Richardson all praised the consolidation as a move that will improve communication and efficiency in LSU’s agricultural teaching and research programs.

“This is the right step forward,” said Richardson. “We consider the entire state to be our campus, and that’s the direction I see the president taking as well.”

More information on the consolidation is available at

Additionally, the board approved the 2013-2014 fiscal year operating budget, including the recent merit increases approved for LSU faculty and staff.

The board also approved a cooperative endeavor agreement by and among itself, Christus Health Central Louisiana; Rapides Healthcare System L.L.C., the state of Louisiana through the Division of Administration and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for the administration of Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville, La.

Other actions taken by the board include:

  • Approval of the 2014 Five-Year Capital Outlay Budget Request for the LSU System.

  • Approval of a one-year contract extension for Tiger Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri.

  • Approval of a resolution authorizing the president to enter into agreements with the Legislative Auditor and Legislative Fiscal Office to offer the LSU Health Plan to their employees.

  • Approval of the following Endowed Professorships at LSU:

    • The Patricia Hewlett Bodin Distinguished Professorship No. 2 in the College of Science, Donation - $180,000;

    • The Ron & Dr. Mary Neal Geaux Teach Distinguished Professorship No. 2 in the College of Science, Donation - $180,000;

    • The William L. Jenkins Professorship in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Donation - $60,000;

    • Loretta Cox Stuckey and James G. Traynham Distinguished Professorship No. 2 in the College of Science, Donation - $60,000; and

    • The Luke V. Guarisco Distinguished Professorship in American History No. 2 in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Donation - $60,000.

  • Approval for the reauthorization of the Institute for Public Health and Justice at the LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans.

  • Approval of an exclusive patent and know-how license with BioFluidica Inc. at LSU.

  • Approval of a joint Invention administration agreement between the University of Miami and the LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans.

  • Approval to Consent to Assignment and Approval of Assignee of Entergy Thermal (New Orleans) CEA.

  • Approval of a lease with Willis Knighton for office clinic space for LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery.

  • Approval of a lease of property for an Iberia Research Station in St. Mary Parish.

  • Approval of a recommendation to authorize an Interagency Agreement with the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority and the Division of Administration for construction of a river modeling facility.

  • Approval of the restructuring of departments at LSU Shreveport:

    • To redistribute the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities and the Department of Communications into three other units and to eliminate these two departments;  

    • To create a new Department of Arts and Media; and

    • To change the name of the Department of English to the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013