LSU Board of Supervisors Holds May Meeting

The LSU Board of Supervisors named LSU history professor Suzanne Marchand as the 72nd Boyd Professor of LSU during its May meeting at the University Administration Building.

Marchand, an internationally known and respected researcher in European history, marks the 47th Boyd Professor from the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. The Boyd Professor designation is the highest honor of the LSU System, only awarded to faculty who have achieved national and international recognition for outstanding research, teaching or other creative achievements.

More information on Marchand is available at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2014/05/item69952.html.

During his President’s Report, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander also honored LSU geology professor Darrell Henry, who recently had a mineral discovered in the Czech Republic named “darrellhenryite” in his honor. Henry is the Campanile Charities Professor of Geology & Geophysics in the LSU College of Science, and was honored for his significant contributions to the mineralogy and petrology of the tourmaline supergroup minerals.

For more information on Henry, and darrellhenryite, visit http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2014/05/item69899.html.

The board received several reports, including one from Baton Rouge Area Foundation Executive Vice President John Spain on a proposed master plan for the University Lakes. The Foundation, in concert with the university and Baton Rouge community will study multiple ideas to help revitalize the lakes area, including the addition of walking paths, bike paths and additional lighting during evening hours.

“It is incredibly important to make these lakes more attractive to students, faculty and the general public,” said board member Stephen Perry. “We must find the most efficient and cost-effective way to do that.”

LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva recapped a recent study the LSU Athletic Department and Tiger Athletic Foundation commissioned on the economic impact of Tiger athletics to the state of Louisiana. More information on the study can be found at http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209460108.

Alleva also updated the board on an ongoing study being conducted on ways to help improve traffic before and after Tiger Football games.

“It’s incredibly important that we do anything we can to help enhance the gameday experience,” said Alleva. “Because with 50-inch TVs and easy access to your own fridge and your own bathroom at home, more people are just willing to stay there for the game. We have to make this easier.”

The board’s Property and Facilities committee took several actions, including the approval of designs for the LSU Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy, to be built on Nicholson Drive on the site of the old Alex Box Stadium. The committee also approved an exchange of property for the LSU AgCenter’s Calhoun Research Station in Ouachita Parish, and a pipeline right-of-way agreement between the AgCenter and Pennington Operating Company LLC on the AgCenter’s Ben Hur Research Station in Baton Rouge. Other items brought before the committee and approved included a request from LSU of Alexandria to enter a lease agreement with Barnes & Noble for bookstore services at the university’s student center, and from the LSU Heath Care Services Division to sell the University Medical Center-Lafayette’s administrator’s house.

The board also bid a fond farewell to outgoing student member John Woodard, who attended his final meeting as the board’s student representative. Woodard received a framed copy of a resolution of appreciation.

Other actions taken by the board include:

  • Approval of a request from LSU of Alexandria to implement a fee for the funding of student health center services, and to apply its technology fee up to 20 credit hours per semester.
  • Approval of a request from LSU Shreveport for tuition exemption for its cooperating teacher program and partial tuition exemption for its dual enrollment teacher program.
  • Approval of the schematic design and exterior elevations for the new LSU Greek house.
  • Approval of a request from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans for reauthorization of the Epilepsy Center.
  • Approval of a request from LSU to reauthorize the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs.
  • Approval to name a classroom in the LSU Business Education Complex the “M.G. McCarroll Family Classroom.”
  • Approval to name a faculty office in LSU’s new Business Education Complex the “David M. Oliver, Jr. Family Faculty Office.”
  • Approval of a request from LSU to name spaces in the new Olinde Career Center the following:
    • the Marathon Oil Corporation, Employer Greeter Room;
    • the BASF Corporation Student Reception Lobby;
    • the Campus Federal Education Literacy Lab;
    • the Phillips 66 Interview Room;
    • the Marathon Petroleum Corporation Interview Room;
    • the 2012-2013 LSU Student Government Conference Room;
    • the LSU Greater Houston Alumni Association Interview Room;
    • the Suzanne Swindler Smith Interview Room;
    • the Norma and Harry Longwell Family Interview Room;
    • the Roy S. “Phatz” Sullins, Humble Oil and Refining Company Interview Room; and
    • the Employment Services Suite sponsored by Shell Oil Company.