LSU Board Welcomes New Members, Says Goodbye to Chancellor Martin

Stanley Jacobs (left) swears Lee Mallett (center) and Scott Ballard (right) into the LSU Board of Supervisors.

BATON ROUGE – The July meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors saw the arrival of two new members and the Board’s farewell issued to LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, whom will be assuming the presidency of the Colorado State University System in August.

“Thank you for your service on so many fronts,” said Board Chair Hank Danos, noting that Martin’s tenure hasn’t always been easy with the state’s various budget crises in recent years.
Martin graciously thanked the Board, and continued to stress the value he perceives in not only LSU, but the system at large, to the state.

“This is a better university, and university system, than the state of Louisiana realizes,” Martin said, noting that LSU will always be in his heart. “I’ll even keep some of the purple ties for a rainy day.”

The Board welcomed two new members, Scott Ballard of Covington and Lee Mallett of Iowa.

In other leadership news, the Board’s search committee for the next system president met and selected a search firm, R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas. Headed by Bill Funk, the company has worked with the Board in the past, including the last presidential search.

Chancellors from the various system campuses also briefed the board on the plans in place to deal with the most recent rounds of budget cuts. The final plans will be approved by the board in September.

“We have attempted to stay true to our mantra,” said Martin. “And that is to protect the academic core of this university, and the student experience.”
The chancellor noted that LSU benefits from the Board of Regents’ funding formula, and that the six-year graduation rate has continued to rise. He thanked the LSU Athletic Department for its recent $4 million donation, and said that these measures will continue to help LSU serve its mission to the state.

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Other actions of the Board included:

  • Approval of a six-phase master plan for facilities improvements and enhancements at the LSU Burden Research Center.
  • Approval of the following endowed professorships:
  • The Charles Lamar Family Professorship for Graduate Studies in the School of Music, College of Music and Dramatic Arts No. 4.
  • The Mary Jo Klosterman Professorship No. 2 in the Ddepartment of Geology & Geophysics in the College of Science.
  • The George C. Kent Distinguished Professorship No. 5 in the College of Science.
  • The Shell Honors College Professorship Nos. 4, 5 and 6 in the Honors College.
  • The Shell Professorship in Oceanography/Wetland Studies No. 2 in the School of the Coast & Environment.
  • The Robey H. Clark Distinguished Professorship No. 2 in the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the College of Science.
  • The Ron and Dr. Mary Neal Geaux Teach Distinguished Professorship in the College of Science.
  • The Janet D. and Hermann Moyse III Professorship in Social Work in the School of Social Work.
  • The Jacques Arnaud Professorship No. 2 in the Department of French Studies, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The John and Catherine Day Professorship in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in the School of the Coast & Environment.


Billy Gomila
LSU Media Relations