A new commission to study the structure of higher education in Louisiana began to take shape Tuesday as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his appointments.
The 18-member Commission to Study Government, Management, and Supervision of Public Postsecondary Education is expected to begin meeting later this month on the future of the state’s college governance system.
The commission is the result of House Concurrent Resolution 184 that was approved in June as a compromise after legislation failed to eliminate the state’s college boards and systems and form a merged superboard.
Jindal, who has five appointments to the new panel, named:
• 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, the CEO of Lamar Advertising and co-chairman of the Louisiana Flagship Coalition to support LSU.
• Phillip Rozeman, of Shreveport, president of Cardiovascular Consultants.
The rest of the commission is expected to be named this week, said Meg Casper, Louisiana Board of Regents associate commissioner of public affairs.
During the last legislative session, Jindal and House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, proposed eliminating all the higher education boards and forming a single superboard, 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.
Louisiana has the Board of Regents, the LSU System, the Southern University System, the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
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.