Baton Rouge area

Brunetta Gamble-Dillard has been appointed vice chancellor for finance at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Dillard has more than 21 years of higher education experience, working with grant management, financial planning, policies and procedures, human resources and federal, state and local fiscal matters. Before joining the agcenter, Dillard served as associate vice president for business and finance and the interim executive director at West Virginia State University Research and Development Corp., where she was an adjunct professor of business administration, and was a business manager for NGK Spark Plug Manufacturing (USA) Inc. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia State College and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Rose Hudson has been elected to the board of directors of Investar Bank National Association.

Hudson is the president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Lottery Corp. She also serves on the boards of Woman’s Hospital and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and board member emeritus of Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady Cancer Center, and chair of the center’s foundation board of directors. She is an inductee of LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business’s Hall of Distinction and Nicholls State University Louisiana Center for Women and Government’s Hall of Fame.

New Orleans area

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has appointed Charles Givens as director of physician services at Lakeview Regional Physician Group.

Givens has served as the interim market manager for Lakeview since January. He has 23 years of leadership in the health care industry, and has served as the senior medical adviser to the executive staff on performance, quality control measures and process improvement initiatives. Givens earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.

Entergy Corp. has expanded its board of directors to 11 members with the appointment of Brian Ellis, senior vice president and general counsel at $17.9 billion global science and technology company Danaher Corp.

Ellis has 30 years of legal, corporate governance and business leadership experience. He has held the position of vice president and counsel at Medtronic Inc., chief compliance officer and later general counsel at GE Healthcare and previously was a litigation partner in private law firms and served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He holds a law degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree from Lake Forest College. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.