Stephen Perry, who worked as chief of staff to former Gov. Mike Foster, was named Monday to the LSU Board of Supervisors by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Perry, who serves as president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., replaces former state Sen. Ann Duplessis, who works for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Duplessis was rejected from the LSU Board last month by the state Senate because of undisclosed issues with state Sen. Cynthia Willard-Lewis, who is Duplessis’ successor.
State senators have the privilege of blocking appointees.
Perry is an LSU graduate who previously applied for the LSU chancellor job in 2005 before it went to then-NASA head Sean O’Keefe.
Perry helped launch Jindal’s political career by recommending him to then-Gov. Foster to head the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
At the time, Jindal was 24.
Perry joins the 16-member LSU Board that now features 14 white men, one woman and one black member.
Jindal had named Duplessis to the LSU Board in late June 2010, just after the legislative session concluded that year.
Duplessis was able to serve on the LSU Board for nearly a year before she was rejected last month by the state Senate after confirmation hearings.