C100 members Wayne Brown and Mary Leach Werner appointed to LSU Board

Gov. Edwards names six to the LSU Board of Supervisors

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com, Jun 5, 2018 – 7:00 pm


With the naming of six new members Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards now has appointed a majority of the board that oversees LSU.

Edwards has chosen nine of the 15 LSU Board of Supervisors. The tenth member’s six-year term expired last week. He plans to make that appointment later this week. The term for the student representative on the board also expired last week.

When Gov. Bobby Jindal’s appointees became the majority on the board, the LSU president, chancellor and other top administrators abruptly left the state university’s employ. The board under Jindal then approved contracting private administrators to run six of the seven LSU-owned public hospitals.

Edwards, who graduated law school at LSU, “isn’t planning any changes at this time,” texted Richard Carbo, his deputy chief of staff.

With access to suites at football games, and the ability to hand out scholarships, along with other perks, being named to the LSU board is one of the most sought-after appointments given out by a Louisiana governor. The Board sets policy, approves hiring and authorizes spending for nine institutions, including the flagship Baton Rouge campus and the medical school in New Orleans. All LSU campuses have about 45,000 students.

Mandeville’s Jay Blossman, the former chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and a Republican candidate for governor in 2003, was chosen along with Rémy Voisin Starns, a lawyer from Metairie. Both are LSU alumni, and both are lawyers. They replaced Scott Ballard, the CEO of PJ’s Coffee, and New Orleans lawyer Stanley Jacobs.

Robert S. Dampf, a Baton Rouge lawyer and mediator, replaces publisher Rolfe McCollister Jr. Dampf received his law degree from LSU.

C. Lee Mallett, an Iowa builder, was reappointed for another six-years and Mary L. Werner, an oil industry executive from Lake Charles, was appointed to a full term. She had replaced PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle, when he joined the Trump administration last year.

B. Wayne Brown, a Shreveport engineer and LSU alum, will replace former Congressman Jim McCrery on the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“Education is synonymous with opportunity and these leaders share my vision to invest more in our state’s future,” Edwards said in the press release.

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