BREAKING: Jindal Appoints Angelle To LSU Board Of Supervisors

Which is an indication he won’t be running for the Public Service Commission. That was the rumor for the last couple of weeks. State Rep. Eric Ponti (R-Baton Rouge), and Ed Roy, a former TV newscaster in Lafayette who’s a Republican, are the likely major candidates in that race.

The release from the Governor’s office…

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Scott Angelle 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, and enhances services to the community and the state.

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

Scott Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, is currently serving as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Governor Jindal’s Legislative Liaison, and as point person for federal oil and gas permitting issues. Recently, he served as Lieutenant Governor in an interim capacity from May to November 2010. Angelle will be appointed to serve as a representative of the 3rd Congressional District, as required by statute.

Angelle replaces Tony Falterman, a Kathleen Blanco appointee who might be the last opponent of Jindal’s plans to rearrange the LSU system around the main campus. What’s interesting, though, is that the Board of Supervisors seat Angelle will be sitting in is one which is supposed to go away, as it represents a congressional district which is supposed to disappear thanks to reapportionment and the BOS is built on the basis of two seats per district. Jindal is getting around that by appointing board members in districts which currently exist, and the district represented currently by Jeff Landry doesn’t disappear officially until January, when the 113th Congress convenes. But since Angelle and Hank Danos are on the board and their terms don’t expire until 2016 (Danos) and 2018 (Angelle), the guess is nobody will complain that they’re still around.

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