LSU Board of Supervisors Holds June Meeting at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans

06/20/2014 02:33 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors swore in a new student member and saw four other members re-take the oath of office at its June meeting, held at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bobby Yarborough opened the meeting and thanked the LSU Health Sciences Center for hosting the meeting in New Orleans.

Yarborough said New Orleans “has been important to LSU since day 1 and it’s serving a magnificent role in LSU’s history today.”

“It’s just exciting to be here with one of our very, very strong partner cities,” he said.

During the meeting, Andy Kopplin, first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer for the City of New Orleans, addressed the board and talked about the importance of LSU to the city.

“Welcome to all of you to the city of New Orleans,” Kopplin said. “We are proud partners of LSU. It’s a city that bleeds purple and gold down here as well.”

LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander thanked Kopplin for attending and for the partnerships between LSU and New Orleans.

“New Orleans is an LSU town – we know it,” Alexander said. “We are going to do our part to provide the solutions … and the type of talent you need here and in other parts of the state.”

Some of those solutions were showcased with a video presentation during the president’s report that highlighted LSU’s impact in New Orleans in a number of areas including hurricane and evacuation research, health care and obesity, and economic development.   

LSU of Alexandria Student Government President Brandon Crain was sworn in as the new student board member during the meeting, and he becomes the third LSUA student ever elected to serve on the board.

Crain thanked the board for the privilege and honor that the LSU System has given him to pursue his education and to now serve on the board.

Other board members – Ronald Anderson, James Moore Jr., Robert “Bobby” Yarborough and Blake Chatelain – were also sworn in following their reappointment to the board on June. 1.

During the president’s report, a number of items were discussed including Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signing of the WISE Fund on June 19, LSU’s record graduation numbers, the SACS process at LSU Eunice, the consolidation process with the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, the LSU Shreveport commitment plan and all LSU campuses becoming tobacco free by Aug. 1.

During the chairmen’s report, Yarborough expressed the intent to develop a board mission statement and guiding principles. He also outlined the plan for a September board development meeting.

The board discussed and approved a policy on presidential evaluation, and the process for conducting the evaluation will also be discussed further at the upcoming board development meeting.

The Finance, Infrastructure, and Core Development Committee approved LSU Shreveport leasing computers to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana; establishing a minimum employer contribution rate for employees in the Optional Retirement Plan in the Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana; the FY 2013-2014  supplemental appropriation and FY 2014-2015 appropriation institution distribution; write-offs of uncollectible accounts receivable as of June 30; transferring 50 Table of Organization Positions from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport to Pennington Biomedical Research Center; and the FY 2014-2015 expenditure of Carroll W. Feist Legacy Funds for the LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport Feist Weiller Cancer Center and to make a determination of acceptable university purpose.

The Properties and Facilities Committee approved authorizing LSU to refund all or a portion of the LSU Board’s Auxiliary Revenue Bonds, Series 2006, and preliminarily authorizing the LSU board to issue its Auxiliary Revenue Refunding Bonds, in one or more series, in an amount not to exceed $92,000,000; LSU Eunice amending and restating a ground lease agreement with Eunice Student Housing Foundation Inc.; and LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport lease agreement for a regional mortuary services facility and to make a determination of acceptable university purpose.

During the Health Care and Medical Education Committee, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Chancellor Larry Hollier and LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Chancellor Robert Barish provided overviews of the LSU Health Sciences Centers. Hollier welcomed the board to New Orleans and recapped their 140th commencement, which included the largest class in LSU Health Sciences New Orleans history. He also discussed facility renovations and expansions and the school’s rural programs. Barish talked about the LSU Health Sciences Shreveport including the number and quality of applicants applying to programs there.

The Athletic Committee approved amendments to the following head coaches’ contracts: Karen Bahnsen, head coach, women’s golf; Charles Winstead, head coach, men’s golf; Sara “DD” Breaux, head coach, gymnastics; Douglas Shaffer, co-head coach, men’s and women’s swimming and diving; and David Geyer, co-head coach, men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
The committee report items were approved during the full board meeting.

Other items approved during the June meeting included:

  • Request from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport for reauthorization of the Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology;
  • Request from LSU for approval to establish two endowed chairs: the Edwin K. Hunter Chair in the Traditions of Rhetoric and Argument in Communication Studies in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Billy and Ann Harrison Endowed Chair #2 in Geology & Geophysics in the College of Science;
  • Request from LSU for approval to award two posthumous degrees;
  • Request from LSU for conditional approval to establish the Leadership Development Institute;
  • Request from LSU of Alexandria to name their call center the “McCann Call Center.”

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014