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Governor announces new and returning higher education board members

BY: PIPER HUTCHINSON Louisiana Illuminator

Michael Adams, left, swears in Lola Dunahoe, left, Julie Stokes, Al Perkins and Elizabeth Pierre for new terms on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 4, 2023, meeting in Baton Rouge. (UL System Photo)
Michael Adams, left, swears in Lola Dunahoe, left, Julie Stokes, Al Perkins and Elizabeth Pierre for new terms on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 4, 2023, meeting in Baton Rouge. (UL System Photo)


Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a round of new appointees and reappointments Friday to Louisiana’s higher education governing boards.


The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors is comprised of 15 members who serve staggered six-year terms and one student member who serves a one-year term. Edwards reappointed Lola Dunahoe, Al Perkins, Elizabeth Pierra and Julie Stokes. All four were sworn in for another six-year term at Wednesday’s board meeting.


The UL System, which counts the largest number of students out of the state’s three university systems, includes Grambling State University, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana University.

UL System President Jim Henderson described Edwards’ decision to reappoint four of the members as a vote of confidence in the work the board does.


Edwards named new members Zazell Dudley, Maple Gaines and Paul Matthews to the Southern University System Board of Supervisors. Christy Reeves and Ann Smith were reappointed to the 16-member board


Dudley is the director of economic development for the Caddo-Bossier Parish Port of Commission. Gaines is a retired judge who previously served on the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Matthews is CEO of the Port of South Louisiana.


New and returning SU System Board members were sworn in at Friday’s meeting.

The governor added new member to the Louisiana Board of Regents, which oversees all four state college and university systems, and reappointed five others. David Aubrey, a regional vice president with AT&T, is the new addition. Christian Creed, Blake David, Wilbert Pryor, Jay Seale and Terrie Sterling were reappointed to the 15-member board.


Aubrey and the returning members will be sworn in at the next Board of Regents meeting Monday.

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