Part I of ByLaws




A. Creation. Article VIII, Section 7 of the 1974 Constitution of the State of Louisiana authorizes the creation of the Southern University Board of Supervisors as a body corporate.

B. Powers. Subject to powers vested in the Board of Regents by Article VIII, Section 5 of the 1974 Constitution of the State of Louisiana, the Board of Supervisors shall supervise and manage the Southern University System and its several components including the statewide agricultural programs and other programs administered through its System.

C. Membership.  The Board shall be composed of two members from each congressional district of the State, and three members from the State at large, all appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, and one student member. The student member is from the membership of a council composed of student body presidents of the colleges and universities under the management and supervision of the Board of Supervisors, specifically, Southern University and A&M College, Southern University Law Center, Southern University at Shreveport, and Southern University at New Orleans. The student member’s institution will rotate annually, thereby allowing every institution equal representation on the Board.  All of these shall be voting members. The members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, following initial terms fixed by law. The term of the student member shall not exceed one year, in accordance with applicable law; and no student member shall be eligible to succeed himself. The student member shall serve until his successor takes office. (08-19-22)

    Dismissal: Members of the Board are considered to be appointed state officials in unclassified service in accordance with the 1974 Louisiana State Constitution, (Article X. Public Officials and Employees, Part I., Section. 2B-5. Unclassified Service). Board members may be removed from office through impeachment for cause. Cause may include, but may not be limited to, commission or conviction during the term of office, of a felony or for malfeasance or gross misconduct while in office. Due process shall be provided with a trial by the Senate (Article X. Public Officials and Employees., Part III., Section. 24-A. Persons Liable., and Section 24-B. Procedure). Additionally, Board members are subject to the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics which governs their conduct and responsibilities, under Louisiana law, Title 42. Public Officers and Employees, Code of Governmental Ethics (Louisiana Revised Statutes 42:1411. Public officer; ground for removal; suspension; definitions). (4-23-99) (10-26-01) (6-21-02) (04-12-19)


D. Domicile. The domicile of the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College shall be East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.


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