September 2016 Board Action

NEW BOARD MEMBER VIRGIL ROBINSON JR. SWORN IN

Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Grambling State University alumnus Virgil Robinson Jr. to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System last month. Today Robinson was sworn in as a Board member. His previous experience includes serving on the Louisiana Board of Regents from 1999 to 2006. In July he was inducted into the Grambling State University Sports Hall of Fame for his illustrious football career. He resides in New Orleans with his wife Alexis where he has spent his 37-year career in commercial banking. He has two children and three grandchildren.

TWO UL SYSTEM SCHOOLS PARTNERING ON DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System approved a collaboration between Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of New Orleans to offer a dual-degree program offering students the opportunity to earn two Bachelor of Science degrees in five years. Students in the program will enroll in each university for five semesters to earn a degree in Physics from Southeastern and a degree in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from UNO.

 UNO PARTNERS WITH TWO LCTCS INSTITUTIONS

The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System approved partnerships between the University of New Orleans and two Louisiana Community and Technical College System institutions-Northshore Technical Community College and Delgado Community College.

UNO and Northshore Technical Community College are entering into a cross enrollment agreement to accommodate students enrolled in either institution. Additionally, the two institutions are establishing a transferable pathway for NTCC students to become eligible for admission into UNO's College of Engineering. Accepted students can pursue a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in addition to earning an associate degree and certificate from NTCC.

UNO and Delgado Community College are partnering which will provide a pathway for individuals who are not eligible for immediate admission to UNO. The program assists students in attaining eligibility through classes at DCC. Additionally, the two are renewing a cross enrollment agreement that began in 1991 and enhances educational opportunities for students enrolled in either institution.

Other Board Action:

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

LA Tech: approval of a Proposal for a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Education.
UL Lafayette: approval to award an Honorary Doctorate in Educational Leadership to Mr. Red Lerille at the Fall Commencement Exercises. 
UNO: approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Southeastern Louisiana University for an articulated dual degree program in Engineering and Physics.
UNO: approval to enter into a Cross Enrollment Agreement with Northshore Technical Community College.
UNO: approval to enter into an Engineering Pathway Agreement with Northshore Technical Community College. 
UNO: approval to renew the Cross Enrollment Agreement with Delgado Community College. 
UNO: approval to enter into a Partnership Bridge Program Memorandum of Agreement with Delgado Community College. 
UNO: approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with Louisiana State University A&M (LSU) through LSU's Continuing Education  Unit (LSUCE) to create and operate a training consortium to serve the Greater New Orleans Region. 
UNO: approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Putian University, Putian, China.  
UL System: approval of System Universities' 2016 - 17 Promotions in Faculty Rank and Recommendations for Tenure.

ATHLETIC COMMITTEE

Grambling: approval of a contract with Mr. Shawn Walker, Head Men's Basketball Coach, effective July 1, 2016. 
LA Tech: approval of a contract with Mr. Eric Konkol, Head Men's Basketball Coach, effective August 23, 2016.
LA Tech: approval of a contract with Mr. Thomas H. McClelland, Athletic Director, effective August 1, 2016.
LA Tech: approval of a contract with Ms. Brooke Stoehr, Head Women's Basketball Coach, effective April 18, 2016.
McNeese: approval of a contract with Mr. James E. Landreneau, Head Women's Softball Coach, effective July 1, 2016.
Northwestern: approval of a contract with Mr. Bobby Barbier, Head Baseball Coach, effective June 28, 2016.
Southeastern: approval of a contract with Mr. James Matthew Riser, Head Men's Baseball Coach, effective July 1, 2016.
UL Lafayette: approval of an amendment to the contractual agreement with Mr. Mitch Rodrigue, Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Line, effective August 2, 2016.
ULM: approval of a contract with Mr. Ryan Cross, Assistant Basketball Coach, effective September 1, 2016.
ULM: approval of a contract with Mr. J.D. Malone, Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach, effective September 1, 2016.
ULM: approval of amendments to the contractual agreement with Mr. Brian Wickstrom, Athletic Director, effective June 29, 2016.

FACILITIES PLANNING COMMITTEE

LA Tech: approval to execute an amendment of the existing food services lease agreement with Aramark, LLC, to allow Aramark to make additional financial commitments to the University for food services facilities renovations. 
Nicholls: approval to allow certain properties located at Lafourche Crossing Farm to be nominated to the State Mineral Board for mineral lease. 
Southeastern: approval to enter into a Ground Lease with the Lion Athletics Association, Inc. for the property described as the site of the field area within Alumni Field Stadium.
Southeastern: approval to allow certain properties in Jefferson County, Texas to be nominated to the State Mineral Board for mineral lease. 
UL System: approval of a Proposed Board Rule Addition:  Chapter VI. Facilities Planning, Section V. Naming University Facilities to add "Part C. Revocation of Naming Approval or Conferral."
UL System: approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 - 18 Capital Outlay Budget Request and Institutions' Five-Year Capital Outlay Plans.
ULM: approval to demolish the former ULM testing center house located at 305 Filhiol Ave. on the University campus. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Grambling: approval to use Revenue Bonds to acquire Tiger Village I, Tiger Village II and Steeple's Glen Residence Hall. 
Nicholls: approval to change the Arlen B. Cenac, Jr. Endowed Chair in Accounting and Information Systems to the Arlen B. Cenac, Jr. Endowed Chair in the College of Business Administration.
UL Lafayette: approval of a Supplemental Ground Lease and Supplemental Facilities Lease that will secure the refunding of the outstanding Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority Revenue Bonds (Ragin' Cajun Facilities, Inc. Project) Series 2009.
UL System: acceptance of Fiscal Year 2015 - 16 Financial and Compliance and Federal Award Programs Representation Letters for (a) Grambling State University, (b) Louisiana Tech University (c) McNeese State University, (d) Northwestern State University, (e) Southeastern Louisiana University, (f) University of Louisiana at Lafayette, (g) University of Louisiana at Monroe, (h) University of New Orleans and (i) University of Louisiana System.
UL System: approval of Fiscal Year 2016 - 17 Operating Budgets, including organizational charts, undergraduate/graduate mandatory attendance fees, scholarships, and System Shared Costs.

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Grambling: approval to appoint Dr. Danny Hubbard as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective September 1, 2016.
Grambling: approval to appoint Dr. Ellen Smiley as Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Honors College effective August 2, 2016. 
Grambling: approval to appoint Dr. Donald White as Interim Dean of the College of Business effective September 1, 2016.
Northwestern: approval to appoint Dr. Chris Maggio as Vice President for the Student Experience effective July 26, 2016.
UL Lafayette: approval to appoint Dr. David Danahar as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective August 1, 2016.
UL Lafayette: approval to appoint Dr. Bobbie DeCuir as Dean of University College effective July 1, 2016.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact: Cami Geisman
225.219.0270  |  Cami.Geisman@la.gov

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