Regents Has a New Chair, New Member

After this week’s meeting, the Louisiana Board of Regents, which oversees public higher education, has a whole new look.

Former district attorney Robert W. Levy was selected as the new chairman of the influential board, replacing Richard Lipsey, whose term has expired.

It won’t be too much of an adjustment for Levy, who has served on the board for more than 16 years, including one previous term as chair. “I am keenly aware of both the challenges and the opportunities that are ahead,” he said. “These are critical times in higher education that call for tough decisions-especially when we are continuously faced with budgetary challenges and limited funding.”

To increase educational attainment, Levy said the state should “stop disinvesting in higher education” and get back to investing in students and institutions. “To do less is to continue our rankings at the bottom of the list for every good higher education measure and the top of the list for negative measures,” he said. “We must strive to increase our access and success.”

A new board member, former state Senate President Randy Ewing, was also sworn in during this week’s meeting.

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