BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former LSU basketball star and a state senator’s wife are among four new appointees to the state’s top higher education policy board announced by the governor’s office Wednesday.
Collis Temple III of Baton Rouge and Claudia Adley, wife of state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, will join the others in replacing members of the Board of Regents whose terms had expired, including board Chairman Clinton “Bubba” Rasberry.
Temple is now a national sales director for financial services company Primerica. Adley is vice president and co-owner of Pelican Gas Management.
Jindal also appointed Chris Bollinger of Lockport, former president of Bollinger Shipyards; and William Gray Stream of Lake Charles, president of Matilda Stream Management, which has investments in the oil and gas, timber and agriculture industries.
Bollinger, his family and his family’s companies have contributed at least $68,000 to Jindal’s campaigns over the years, while Stream’s family and family businesses have given at least $30,000.
Jindal also appointed new members to the governing boards for the University of Louisiana System and the Southern University System.
For the University of Louisiana System, Jindal reappointed businessmen Ed Crawford III of Shreveport and David Guidry of New Orleans. Pamela Egan, a nurse practitioner and co-owner of a health care company, was appointed after previously serving on the Board of Regents. Also newly named to the board was Shawn Murphy, of Jonesboro, an insurance agent.
Five new members were named to the Southern University System Board of Supervisors: Curman Gaines, of Alexandria, former executive director of the Central Louisiana Business Incubator; Donald Ray Henry, of Donaldsonville, technical specialist at an aluminum plant; Richard Hilliard, a mechanical engineer from Shreveport; Patrick Magee, a Lafayette lawyer; and Rani Whitfield, a Baton Rouge doctor.
The appointments come as the Southern University System is searching for a new president and as higher education is threatened with new state financing cuts across all four university systems.
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