Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Monday his latest appointment to the LSU Board of Supervisors would be Valencia Sarpy Jones, of Cloutierville.
Jones is Edwards' fourth appointment to the board with controlling authority over the LSU system.
Jones is a financial services professional with New York Life Insurance Company and NYLIFE Securities. She is an LSU alumna.
In May, Edwards reappointed Stephen Perry, the president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, to the board, while adding James Williams, a New Orleans attorney and Glenn Armentor, a Lafayette attorney.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is getting his first opportunity to make his mark at LSU.
Jones represents the 4th Congressional District.
Edwards has so far used half of his appointments to increase diversity on the powerful board.
The board was often criticized under Jindal for being made up of all white men, save for Ann Duplessis, a black female.
Both Jones and Williams are black.
The recent appointments were to fill the seats of Hank Danos, Ray Lesseigne and Jack Lawton, who all work in the oil and gas industry, and whose terms expired June 1.
The positions on the LSU Board of Supervisors are highly coveted. The members are not paid, but they get access to the 50-yard-line suite at Tiger Stadium for LSU football games and tickets to other athletic events. They also get to award 15 LSU scholarships every year of their six-year term.
Edwards also announced Virgil Robinson Jr., of New Orleans, would join the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
Robinson is the president of Robinson Investments, and an alumnus from Grambling State University. He represents the 2nd Congressional District.
Critics call them “golden parachutes.”