Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a chance in the coming weeks to dole out four coveted positions on the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Four board members’ terms are expiring June 1 -- Hank Danos, Ray Lasseigne, Jack Lawton and Stephen Perry.
Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said the governor has not made a decision on who he will name to those four positions. He’s currently reviewing applications for the posts and won’t make an announcement before June 2, Carbo said.
“As you can imagine a lot of interest in it,” Carbo said.
LSU Board members, who serve at the governor’s will, are not paid, but they receive several other perks. In addition to wielding control over the state’s flagship university, 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 get to dole out 15 LSU scholarships every year.
Spots on the governor-appointed LSU governing board only come open every two years, and terms last for six years. All of the current members were appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, during his two terms in office. Many of the members have been long-time Jindal allies. Seven more members terms are set to expire in 2018.
Edwards, a Democrat who took office Jan. 11, has made several appointments to various boards and commissions since taking office, but LSU board will be among the most high profile. Shortly after taking office, Edwards replaced the entire board that oversees the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, appointing former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and six others to the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District.
The LSU Board members are appointed two per congressional district.
Perry represents the 2nd District, Danos the 3rd District, Lasseigne the 4th District and Lawton the 7th District -- so Edwards will have to fill the positions with people from those districts.
He could opt to reappoint any of the members whose terms are expiring, but the political nature of appointments means it’s unlikely that they will all four be returning.
Perry, Danos, Lawton and Lasseigne were acknowledged Friday with a standing ovation at what could be their final meeting as board members.
“We hope this won’t be their last meeting,” LSU President F. King Alexander said.