January 6, 2016                     Volume 4 Issue 1      
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Regents Members

Richard A. Lipsey

Edward D. Markle
Vice Chair

Joseph P. Farr

Claudia H. Adley

Raymond J. Brandt

Marty J. Chabert

Joel E. Dupré

William H. Fenstermaker

Chris D. Gorman

Thomas G. Henning

Robert W. Levy

Roy O. Martin

W. Gray Stream

Collis B. Temple III

Joseph C. Wiley

Patrick J. Harrington

Joseph C. Rallo
Commissioner of Higher Education

Regents Installs 2016 Chair and Officers

"I am honored to serve as your new Chairman of this Board.  Serving in this capacity comes at an ideal time. We have a new Governor and administration, new members of the legislative branches, and strong leadership throughout higher education - its apparent that this indeed is a NEW DAY for Louisiana". 
2016 Executive Committee Members 
Newest Member of Board of Regents 
Thomas G. Henning

Louisiana Student Leaders attend New Hampshire Primary Student Convention 

This week, student leaders from across the state of Louisiana attended the New Hampshire Primary Student Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. This event is a once in a lifetime experience that allows students the opportunity to interact with presidential hopefuls in the first series of nationwide primary elections.


The 2016 New Hampshire Primary Student Convention includes a series of activities throughout three days including town hall meetings, informational sessions, panel discussions, tours of campaign headquarters, and a straw primary election poll for students. Louisiana students posed questions to the candidates, listened to speeches, learned about campaigning, and had a first-hand experience in presidential politics.


“This is truly an amazing experience,” said SULC Student Body President and Board of Regents student member Patrick Harrington. “The candidates have been so excited to meet with us about issues that are important to us, not only as student leaders, but as citizens and possibly the next leaders of this country. I will never forget this incredible opportunity.”


46 leaders represented the Louisiana delegation from all public colleges an universities across the state. “This has been one of the most inquisitive and intellectual group of students to attend this event,” says Harold Boutte, advisor to the Council of Student Body Presidents. “We have received numerous compliments on how well this group has presented themselves, in addition to the substance of questions they have posed to the candidates.”  

Board Actions

The Board of Regents approved the following Facilities and Property item:
Renovations and expansion of the Football Operations Center  - LSU
Construction of new, on-campus Sorority Housing - ULM

The Board of Regents approved the following Academic & Student Affairs items:
Program Proposals
AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology – BRCC (Conditional)
PBC in Project Management – NSU (Full Approval)
PBC in Quality Control – NSU (Full Approval)
GC in Writing for Business, Industry & Tech - NSU (Full Approval)

Program Revisions
Consolidation of MN and MSN - LSUHSC NO (Full Approval)

Consent Agenda
A.  Routine Staff Reports
      1.  Staff Approvals  
      2.  Progress Reports
      3.  Letters of Intent/Proposals in the Queue

The Board of Regents approved the following Sponsored Programs items:
  • FY 2015-16 Endowed Chairs eligibility of previously ineligible campuses (Approved)
  • No waivers of the vacancy rate policy should be provided for campuses deemed ineligible for new Endowed Professorship awards in FY 2015-16. (Approved)
  • Strengthened application of the endowed chairs/professorships Vacancy Policy for FY 2016-17 and beyond (Tabled)
  • Revisions of BoR Support Fund FY 2016-2017 Plan and Budget
  • Nominations to the EPSCoR and Master Plan research advisory committees - XULA   
    • Dr. Deborah Marshall, Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Sponsored Programs
The Board of Regents approved the following Planning, Research, and Performance items:
Response to Legislative Resolutions
     House Resolution 178 of the 2015 Louisiana Legislature
     Senate Resolution 132 of the 2015 Louisiana Legislature

TOPS Tech Program Eligibility Criteria and Approved Programs

The Board of Regents approved the following Personnel Committee items:
Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration (effective January 11, 2016.)
-Terrence Ginn

2016 Board of Regents Installation:

Board Officers:
• Richard Lipsey, Chair
• Edward Markle, Vice Chair
• Joseph Farr, Secretary

Executive Committee:
• Richard Lipsey, Chair
• Edward Markle, Vice Chair
• Joseph Farr, Secretary
• Marty Chabert
• Robert Levy
• Roy Martin III
• Collis Temple III

Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission:
• Collis Temple III
• Larry Tremblay

Newly Appointed Board Member:
•Thomas G. Henning
Regents recognizes Barbara Goodson for her years of service to Board of Regents.
Barbara will serve as the New Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Administration. 

January Meeting Highlights

About Regents
The Board of Regents, a state agency created by the 1974 Louisiana Constitution, coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. The Board of Regents believes that a robust public postsecondary education system is critical in order to enhance Louisiana's social and economic environment. Through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research, and accountability, Regents strives to ensure that all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities.
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