LSU Board of Supervisors Holds December Meeting

BATON ROUGE – In its final meeting of 2013, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved a revision to the LSU Athletic Department’s ticket, parking and Tradition Fund policy, along with plans for several new facilities.

Ticket sales account for approximately 62 percent of the athletic department’s revenue, explained Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, and with costs rising some $2-3 million per year increased revenues will be necessary for the department to continue to be competitive.

The proposal will adjust season ticket prices to Tiger football and basketball games, as well as raises the prices of parking permits in the university’s RV lots. In addition, a Tradition Fund increase for season tickets to Tiger Baseball will also be implemented – the first such increase since 2009.

“Our goal is to keep prices as low as possible, while at the same time making sure that the athletic department has the resources to compete for national championships, and at the same time, providing the best fan experience possible,” said board member R. Blake Chatelain. “We’re working very hard to strike that balance.”

The board also approved a lease agreement for the construction of a practice facility for LSU Women’s Gymnastics, as well as a schematic design for the proposed LSU Tennis facility.

G. Lee Griffin, president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, provided an update to the board on the proposed $10.5 million building that the foundation will be building on Nicholson Drive, on the site of the old Alex Box Stadium. Griffin will continue to update the board on progress.

“This building will be for the university,” Griffin said. “There will be space for the university to hold events, and it will be a great place to entertain students, prospective students, alumni and donors. This building is for LSU.”

The board also took time to recognize the 10 members of the LSU Transition Advisory Team, which conducted dozens of meetings over the course of this year to bring together the resources of the various units of the current LSU System to create a single, globally competitive LSU with statewide reach that is more efficient and more productive in the areas of educating its students, creating robust collaborative research, delivering effective health care, impacting economic development and conducting public service activities.

“It’s an honor and privilege for me to reflect and pay tribute to those individuals,” said Hank Danos, who served as chair of the board through much of the Transition Advisory Team’s progress. “On behalf of myself and the board, I want to express a great deal of gratitude to the transition advisory committee.”

“Our challenge is to take the recommendations and not put them on the shelf, but to make them work,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We do appreciate the year-long initiative that you’ve undertaken and know that it’s been taken to heart.”

The board also recognized Joel Tohline, outgoing director of LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology, who is retiring.

Other actions taken by the board include:

  • Request for reauthorization of the Louisiana Vaccine Center at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans;
  • Authorization for the President to approve football post-season additional compensation in accordance with existing Board Policy;
  • Approval to establish the following Endowed Professorships at LSU:
    • Toni Stephenson Professorship
    • Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Professorship No. 1
    • Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Professorship No. 2
    • Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Professorship No. 3
  • Approval of a recommendation to Name a classroom in the New Business Education Complex the “Laura A. and A. Claude Leach, Jr. Classroom”;
  • Approval of a recommendation to Name the Percussion Room in the new Tiger Band Hall the “Laura and Buddy Leach Family Percussion Room”;
  • Approval of a recommendation to name the digital processing Lab in the College of Engineering the “PreSonus Digital Processing Lab”;
  • Approval of a recommendation to name a faculty office in the New Business Education Complex the “John R. and Eleanor D. Landon Faculty Office”;
  • Approval of a letter of intent for a Master of Science degree in Digital Media Arts & Engineering at Louisiana State University; and
  • Assignment of Oil, Gas & Mineral Lease from Cortez Southern Resources, LLC to Halcon Energy Properties, Inc. for land in East Feliciana Parish.