One thing is clear, We cannot limit ourselves to the methods and solutions of the past to meet the challenges facing our universities and ensure that they drive a bright and innovative future for Louisiana. Some of smartest and most successful people in the world are LSU graduates. Just because they are somewhere other than Louisiana at the moment because they are serving as a Fortune 500 CEO or creating the next medical breakthrough should not disqualify them from holding one of the higher education board seats. Frankly, we need the best minds and talent to make our schools a success in an internationally competitive environment. Your tax dollars and our students deserve the best in oversight from folks with the finest minds and records of success, reform, and development. That's why we are asking you to go to the polls on or before Dec 5 and vote yes for Amendment 1.
Amendment 1: The Lod Cook Act, approved unanimously by the Louisiana House and Senate, allows up to two out-of-state board members to serve on the state’s higher education management boards (LSU, LCTCS, Southern and UL System)
A YES VOTE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1:
- Broadens expertise and welcomes new perspectives to Louisiana higher education boards.
- Keeps LA residents as majority of board makeup.
- Places LA alongside 30 other states that allow out-of-state residents on their boards.
- Increases likelihood of external funding for higher education thanks to expanded networking and outreach.
- DOES NOT increase cost since board members are volunteers who are not paid for their service.
- DOES NOT disrupt current board service.
- DOES NOT mandate out-of-state members. It simply provides systems the option to recommend out-of-state appointees.
VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 1 TO MAKE SURE OUR UNIVERSITIES HAVE THE BEST IN OVERSIGHT!
Richard Lipsey and Terrell Brown
Put Louisiana First