Mary Werner

Mary Werner

Mary Werner, an oil and gas executive, was named Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the LSU Board of Supervisors.

She is daughter of former congressman Buddy Leach, who also once headed the state Democratic Party, and Laura Leach, who served on the LSU board for 18 years under four governors.

“They’re a little bit excited,” Werner said of her parents reaction. “There are a lot of challenges ahead, trying to do more with less.”

Werner will fill the remainder of the term of Scott Angelle, the former Public Service Commission member who recently was hired by the Trump Administration. The term representing the 3rd Congressional District ends in June 2018.

Though she plans to attend the next board meeting, scheduled for June 22, Werner won’t face Senate confirmation until the next regular legislative session, which begins in March 2018.

Werner said she hopes Edwards will reappoint her to a full six-year term.

“Mary Werner brings years of experience across multiple sectors to her new role on the LSU Board of Supervisors,” Edwards said in a press release. “Her insight and heart for public service will make her an excellent member of the board and an asset to the LSU community of faculty, administrators, alumni and fans.”

The board oversees the colleges in the LSU system, including the flagship campus in Baton Rouge. The 16 board members of the Louisiana State University System don’t get paid during their six-year terms. But board members get access to a swanky 50-yard-line suite at Tiger Stadium for LSU football games and tickets to other athletic events. They also have the ability to award scholarships for students to study at LSU.

A native of Leesville, Werner is the director and vice president of The North American Land Company LLC and The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company LLC, which are family-owned and operated businesses since the 1800s.

She was a Democratic candidate for the Public Service Commission in 2016, garnering 33 percent of the vote, losing to Mike Francis of Lafayette.

Werner went to Brenau Women’s College in Georgia.

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