A lawsuit filed by former congressman and failed gubernatorial candidate Cleo Fields on behalf of seven SUNO students has resulted in an injunction stopping the Board of Regents from studying a merger between that institution and the University of New Orleans.
At issue: the replacement by Gov. Bobby Jindal of four Regents of African-American descent with people of pallor in December. The plaintiffs claim those personnel moves mean the Board violates the Louisiana Constitution’s requirement that “The board should be representative of the state’s population by race and gender to ensure diversity.”
The current makeup of the Regents has only one African-American member; a student representative not appointed by the governor.
District Judge Janice Clark issued the injunction this morning. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge.