If this isn’t the most ridiculous thing that you’ve ever heard of, having a “rotating” board seat – why not just make it a 13 member board and make the Delgado-Dillard-SUNO board members full time participants
Dillard University appointee identified for board of new teaching hospital
By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune
April 02, 2010, 6:29PM
Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune archive
As Governor Bobby Jindal and Alan Levine, Louisiana secretary of health and hospitals, left, look on, LSU System President John Lombardi, right, and Tulane President Scott Cowen sign an agreement on the governing structure of the planned teaching hospital on Aug. 28.
Dillard University on Friday named Charles Teamer, a former school administrator with extensive business and civic ties around New Orleans, to a seat on the governing board for the state teaching hospital slated for Mid-City.
Teamer, who serves as chairman of the Dryades Savings Bank board and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce board, will occupy the seat that will rotate among Dillard, Southern University at New Orleans and Delgado Community College. He joins Xavier University appointee Alden McDonald, a New Orleans banker, and Tulane appointee Darryl Berger, a New Orleans developer, to fill three of the board’s seven permanent seats.
Louisiana State University System President John Lombardi has yet to appoint his school’s four members, a source of angst for Tulane President Scott Cowen and state Health Secretary Alan Levine, who have publicly urged all appointing parties to make their choices so the 11-member panel can begin conducting business. The LSU choices would be the next step in completing the board created by a 2009 agreement signed by Lombardi, Cowen and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.
Jindal last month nominated four “nonpermanent” members: Baton Rouge health care executive Tim Barfield, shipbuilder executive Donald “Boysie” Bollinger of Lockport, Alexandria orthopedist Dr. Christopher Rich and investment broker David Voelker of New Orleans.
The governance agreement calls for the seven permanent members to vote on Jindal’s initial slate, with a unanimous vote required. Jindal must submit a new slate if his first picks get rejected. In the future, the permanent members will select members to fill a vacancy in a nonpermanent seat, with those board members being independent from any of the schools represented on the board.
Teamer brings extensive experience in higher education finance and management, including service as chief financial officer for Dillard and as a member of the Tulane University governing board. “He is a stellar administrator (and) perfect fit to be our representative on the board,” Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes said.
Teamer also has served on the board of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers and as president of the Southern Association of College and University Officers. At the local level, Teamer has occupied seats on the Children’s Hospital and Ochsner Medical Foundation boards, among others.
When all seats are filled, the board is expected to approve a final business plan, including seeking about $425 million from investors to add to about $775 million that the state has already secured for construction.
Lombardi has said that he would not name LSU’s representatives until the school is ready to present a financing plan for the hospital, a juncture likely several months away. LSU has solicited bids from potential financial advisers, with the request documents saying the school will select an adviser April 19, with the contract commencing June 1.