05/09/2014 04:21 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors named LSU history professor Suzanne Marchand
as the 72nd Boyd Professor of LSU during its May meeting at the University Administration
Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in European history, marks
the 47th Boyd Professor from the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. The Boyd Professor designation
is the highest honor of the LSU System, only awarded to faculty who have achieved
national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other
More information on Marchand is available at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2014/05/item69952.html.
During his President’s Report, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander also
honored LSU geology professor Darrell Henry, who recently had a mineral discovered
in the Czech Republic named “darrellhenryite” in his honor. Henry is the Campanile
Charities Professor of Geology & Geophysics in the LSU College of Science, and was
honored for his significant contributions to the mineralogy and petrology of the tourmaline
For more information on Henry, and darrellhenryite, visit http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2014/05/item69899.html.
The board received several reports, including one from Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Executive Vice President John Spain on a proposed master plan for the University Lakes.
The Foundation, in concert with the university and Baton Rouge community will study
multiple ideas to help revitalize the lakes area, including the addition of walking
paths, bike paths and additional lighting during evening hours.
“It is incredibly important to make these lakes more attractive to students, faculty
and the general public,” said board member Stephen Perry. “We must find the most efficient
and cost-effective way to do that.”
LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva recapped a recent study the
LSU Athletic Department and Tiger Athletic Foundation commissioned on the economic
impact of Tiger athletics to the state of Louisiana. More information on the study
can be found at http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209460108.
Alleva also updated the board on an ongoing study being conducted on ways to help
improve traffic before and after Tiger Football games.
“It’s incredibly important that we do anything we can to help enhance the gameday
experience,” said Alleva. “Because with 50-inch TVs and easy access to your own fridge
and your own bathroom at home, more people are just willing to stay there for the
game. We have to make this easier.”
The board’s Property and Facilities committee took several actions, including the
approval of designs for the LSU Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy, to be built
on Nicholson Drive on the site of the old Alex Box Stadium. The committee also approved
an exchange of property for the LSU AgCenter’s Calhoun Research Station in Ouachita
Parish, and a pipeline right-of-way agreement between the AgCenter and Pennington
Operating Company LLC on the AgCenter’s Ben Hur Research Station in Baton Rouge. Other
items brought before the committee and approved included a request from LSU of Alexandria
to enter a lease agreement with Barnes & Noble for bookstore services at the university’s
student center, and from the LSU Heath Care Services Division to sell the University
Medical Center-Lafayette’s administrator’s house.
The board also bid a fond farewell to outgoing student member John Woodard, who attended
his final meeting as the board’s student representative. Woodard received a framed
copy of a resolution of appreciation.
Other actions taken by the board include:
Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014