Prominent Lafayette businessman Bill Fenstermaker was appointed Friday to the Louisiana Board of Regents that oversees higher education.
Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Fenstermaker, who is chairman of Blueprint Louisiana, a group of businessmen who study and lobby on issues like education and economic development.
Fenstermaker’s company has been a maximum Jindal campaign contributor.
Fenstermaker is the chairman and CEO of C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates Inc., a surveying, mapping, engineering and environmental consulting company.
He will replace Ed Antie, of Carencro, on the 16-member Board of Regents.
Antie stepped down from the board in June rather than risk being rejected during state Senate confirmations.
Antie, a communications business owner, was grilled by state senators during confirmation hearings over a perceived conflict of interest from a state contract with a business in which he indirectly owns an interest.
Jindal had named Antie to the Board of Regents in December.
The appointment leaves Dr. Albert Sam, of Baton Rouge, as the only racial minority on the Board of Regents.
Southern University System students sued Jindal earlier this year for not appointing any black Regents members. The lawsuit came after Jindal proposed an ultimately failed merger of Southern University at New Orleans and the University of New Orleans.
After the lawsuit was filed, Jindal appointed Sam to the board.