Jindal Announces Five New LSU Board Members

from a release out of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office…

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.

The goal of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors is to provide leadership and support for the LSU System.  The board aids the LSU System in the development of intellectual and professional programs of instruction, research, and public service, works to increase opportunities for students, provides oversight for large contracts, and enhances services to the community and the state.

The board is composed of sixteen gubernatorial appointments which are subject to senate confirmation. Members include: two members appointed from each congressional district serving six year terms, one member appointed from the state at-large serving a six year term, and one student member who serves a one year term.

Appointments to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors:

Robert “Bobby” Yarborough, of Baton Rouge, is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Manda Fine Meats.  Yarborough is currently chairman of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, chairman of the Louisiana Egg Commission, vice chairman of Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, incoming vice chairman of the Baton Rouge General Hospital Foundation,  and  on the board of directors for the Metro Area YMCA and Business First Bank.  Additionally, he serves on the Louisiana Grocers Manufacturers Representatives Association, and the Louisiana Meat Processors Association.  Yarborough will be appointed to serve as an at-large member of the board, as required by statute.

Ann Duplessis, of New Orleans, is a Louisiana State Senator, representing the 2nd Congressional District and is the senior vice president of Liberty Bank and Trust. Duplessis received a Graduate of Banking Degree from the LSU Graduate School of Banking.  She currently serves on several National and State Senate committees including chairwoman of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, Judiciary C and the Education Committees.  Nationally, she serves as vice chair of the Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce and Insurance.  Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the LSU Graduate School of Banking, the Louisiana Utilities Commission, the State of Louisiana Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, United Way, the Working Uninsured Task Force, and Total Community Action.  She recently accepted a new position as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans.  Duplessis will be appointed to serve as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District, as required by statute.

Garret “Hank” Danos, of Larose, is Chief Executive Officer of Danos & Curole Marine Contractors.  Danos received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1971 and is a veteran of the Louisiana National Guard.  Additionally, he is the former chairman and current member of Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI) and serves on the Executive Subcommittee of Offshore Operators, the Louisiana Transportation Authority, the National Ocean Industries Association, and the Navigators.  Danos will be appointed to serve as a representative of the 3rd Congressional District, as required by statute.

Ray Lasseigne, of Bossier City, is the president and co-owner of TMR Exploration, Inc., Sandia Drilling, LLC and Langston Drilling, LLP. Lasseigne received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1971.  Additionally, he is also serving as the president of the Bossier Levee Board of Commissioners and previously served as chairman of his local section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, president of the Shreveport Petroleum Data Association, and director of the Shreveport Petroleum Map Association.  Lasseigne will be appointed serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District, as required by statute.

Ben Mount, of Lake Charles, is an attorney with the firm of Bergstedt & Mount.  Mount has a Bachelor’s of Science from McNeese State University and a law degree from Louisiana State University. Mount has served on the LSU Board of Supervisors since 2006 and will be reappointed to serve a full six-year term as a representative of the 7th Congressional District, as required by statute.



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