Louisiana Legislature Renews Effort To Overhaul Higher Education At The Top

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Undaunted by two failed efforts to create a single higher education governing board, the Louisiana Legislature  is now looking to a blue-ribbon commission for ideas on how to revamp the management structure for public colleges and universities.

The 18-member governance commission was created during the spring regular session by Reps. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, and John Schroder, R-Covington, whose House Concurrent Resolution 184 gives the panel until 60 days before the start of the 2012 regular session to recommend ways of delegating authority and money between the various campuses and the Board of Regents.

Unlike previous education panels, which have relied on outside experts for advice, the latest iteration consists solely of Louisiana residents. The list of appointees includes Board of Regents Chairman Robert Levy of Ruston, Dillard University interim President James Lyons, N.J. "Woody" Oge Jr. of Avondale, and Ann Duplessis, the deputy chief administrative officer for the city of New Orleans and a former state senator.

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