A new, 18-member commission to study the future structure of higher education in the state is scheduled to start meeting Aug. 19.
The Louisiana Board of Regents filled out the appointments to the Commission to Study Government, Management and Supervision of Public Postsecondary Education on Wednesday.
A day earlier, Gov. Bobby Jindal named his five appointees.
The commission is the result of House Concurrent Resolution 184, approved in June as a compromise after legislation failed that would have eliminated the state’s college boards and systems and formed a merged higher education super board.
The four Board of Regents representatives to the commission are:
• Regents Chairman Bob Levy, of Ruston.
• Jacqui Vines, of Baton Rouge, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Louisiana.
• Barry Erwin, of Baton Rouge, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana.
• James Lyons Sr., interim president of Dillard University in New Orleans.
The higher education board representatives on the commission are:
• LSU Board member Raymond Lasseigne, of Bossier City.
• Southern University Board member Patrick Bell, of Baton Rouge.
• University of Louisiana System Board Chairman Winfred Sibille, of Sunset.
• Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board member Woody Oge, of Avondale.
The four state legislators on the commission are Senate Education Committee Chairman Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa; Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte; House Education Committee Chairman Austin Badon, D-New Orleans; and Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge.
Nevers and Badon were able to choose their committee colleagues on the commission.
Louisiana Workforce Investment Council Chairman Charles Moniotte, of Baton Rouge, also will work on the commission.
On Tuesday, Jindal appointed:
• Camille Conaway, of Baton Rouge, a consultant for SSA who formerly worked as a Jindal policy adviser.
• Greg Davis, of Lafayette, director of the Cajundome.
• Ann Duplessis, of New Orleans, deputy chief administrative officer for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Duplessis, a former state senator, was recently removed from the LSU Board.
• Sean Reilly, of Baton Rouge, chief executive officer at Lamar Advertising and co-chairman of the Louisiana Flagship Coalition to support LSU.
• Phillip Rozeman, of Shreveport, president of Cardiovascular Consultants.
Seven of the 18 appointees are from Baton Rouge and three are from New Orleans.
“This is a robust group of leaders from across the state, and the Board of Regents is very pleased with the commission’s composition,” state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said in a prepared statement.
Purcell stated the goal is to bring in “national, regional and state research as well as testimony from experts to assist them both in analyzing our governance structure and in forming the best recommendations to strengthen Louisiana’s higher education system.”
During the last legislative session, Jindal and House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, proposed eliminating all the higher education boards and forming a single super board, along with new advisory boards for individual campuses.
But that legislation was defeated on the House floor.
Then, state Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, successfully pushed his HCR184 as an alternative.
Apart from considering governance and board consolidation, the commission also is tasked with studying academic programs, duplicative services and personnel, student transfer plans, college tuition levels, the state’s performance-based funding formula and more.
The wide range of goals likens the proposed commission to the Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission, nicknamed PERC, and the Tucker Commission, which finished its work in February 2010.