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Governor announces new and returning higher education board members 

By: - January 7, 2023 6:00 am
Four members of the University of Louisiana Board of Regents are sworn in

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 previously served as an administrator for 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.

A previous version of the story incorrectly identified Maple Gaines as a retired appellate court judge. It has been updated to reflect that Gaines served as a judicial administrator. 


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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.