Jenkins names LSU restructuring advisory committee
William Jenkins, who is filling in as both president of the LSU System and flagship chancellor, today announced a 10-person "transition advisory team" to address the pending restructuring of the LSU System. Jenkins will present the team for approval at the next meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday, Dec. 7. At that time, the board will provide official instructions to the Transition Advisory Team as the realignment of the LSU System moves forward. At that same meeting, the board also is expected to vote to combine the positions of system president and A&M chancellor. The board already voted to do so in October but decided to vote again next month after questions were raised about whether the public had been properly notified of the vote. "This team will be assigned the task of establishing factual information that can be used by the Board of Supervisors in making the ultimate decisions about the realignment and restructuring of the LSU System," says Jenkins, who will lead the team.
The LSU 'transition advisory team,' as named by William Jenkins, includes:
—William L. Jenkins: interim president of the LSU System and interim chancellor of LSU. Jenkins served as dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU's executive vice chancellor and provost, LSU chancellor, and LSU System president before retiring in 2007.
—Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.: chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp., holding that position for 10 years.
—William M. Comegys III: a practicing attorney involved primarily in the oil and gas industry.
—Dr. James W. "Jim" Firnberg: chancellor emeritus of LSU-Alexandria, president emeritus of Our Lady of the Lake College, and an LSU professor emeritus. Firnberg is also a frequent consultant with the National Science Foundation.
—G. Lee Griffin: president and CEO of the LSU Foundation. He is also the retired chairman and CEO of Bank One of Louisiana, and a member of the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction.
—Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré: capped a 37-year military career by serving as the commanding general of the U.S. First Army.
—Dr. Lester W. Johnson: professor, chief of surgery and director of Surgical Services at LSU Health Sciences Center–Monroe.
—W. Shelby McKenzie: partner with Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, and serves as lead counsel for the LSU System.
—William L. "Bill" Silvia: former executive vice president for finance with the LSU System, and currently serves as the president and CEO of the Pennington Medical Foundation and board treasurer for both the LSU Foundation and the LSU System Research & Technology Foundation.
—Carroll W. Suggs: served as chairwoman, president and CEO of Petroleum Helicopters Inc. before retiring in 2001.
—Bob Rasmussen: assistant vice president for system relations at LSU, who will also provide staff support for the team.
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