BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has named two new members to Louisiana's higher education policy board, the Board of Regents.
Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor picked for the 16-member board: Raymond Brandt, of Metairie, a lawyer and accountant who owns a series of car dealerships around the New Orleans area; and Mark Abraham, of Lake Charles, managing partner of Big Easy Foods, which sells shrimp, sausage and other Louisiana products in grocery stores around the country.
Brandt, his family and his businesses have contributed $50,000 to Jindal's campaign, according to documents filed with the ethics board.
The men replace Scott Ballard, who Jindal appointed to LSU's governing board, and Vic Stelly, a former lawmaker who resigned, citing frustration with the Jindal administration's cuts to state funding for public colleges.