- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has named two new faces to the LSU Board of Supervisors who will replace members appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal and reappointed another.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1WQ01FF) the new appointees are New Orleans attorney James Williams and Lafayette attorney Glenn Armentor, who held a major fundraiser during Edwards’ gubernatorial campaign. They will represent the 2nd Congressional District and 3rd Congressional District respectively.

Edwards also reappointed Stephen Perry, the president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, but moved him to an at-large seat from his current position representing the 2nd District.

Williams will be one of two black members on the board, which wields control over the state’s flagship campus, and the rest of the LSU system. Ann Duplessis is the other appointee on the board who is black.

The board’s 16 members are all appointed by the governor, except for one spot reserved for a student. The positions on the board are highly coveted. The members are not paid, but they get access to the 50-yard-line suite at Tiger Stadium for LSU football games and tickets to other athletic events. They also get to award 15 LSU scholarships every year of their six-year term.

The board appointments are also an opportunity for the governor to exert influence over the LSU System.

When Jindal appointees became a majority of the board, LSU quickly ousted several high-profile executives and top administrators who were well-known in the academic community.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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