LA Board Of Regents Installs 2016 Chair, Officers

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Board of Regents announced that Richard A. Lipsey was chosen to be their new Chairman of the Board.

         “I am honored to serve as Chairman of this Board,” Lipsey said. “Serving in this capacity comes at an ideal time. We have a new Governor and administration, new members of the legislative branches, and strong leadership throughout higher education – it’s apparent that this indeed is a new day for Louisiana.”

         Lipsey is the owner of Lipsey's, one of the nation's largest sporting goods distributors; HASPEL, a major line of men's tailored clothing; and the founder and partner in Lipsey Communications, LLC, a chain of Sprint wireless phone stores in Louisiana and Texas.

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         He is a graduate from University High School and LSU. After two years service in the Army, he returned to Baton Rouge and entered the family business, Steinberg Sports Centers. He became President in 1966 and remained so until he sold the business in 1990.  Later he graduated from the Harvard Business School OPM.

         Lipsey is currently a member of the Chief Executives Organization, the Board of the National Sports Shooting Foundation and the Mary Bird Perkins Foundation Board. Throughout the years, he has volunteered his time and served on many boards and chair capacities for companies and organizations and remains very active in various community and civic associations.

         His numerous awards include Outstanding Citizen of the Year (2000) from the Boy Scouts of Baton Rouge; the 2004 "Man of the Year" from the Baton Rouge Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Shot Business Magazine's 2005 Man of the Year, and the 2005 National Conference of Christians and Jews annual Brotherhood Award.

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         During the crises that followed Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he organized rescue efforts in New Orleans and led a fund drive to assist families who had suffered total loss from Rita. For these efforts, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award (2006) by the Anti-Defamation League.

         Lipsey resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Susan Haspel Lipsey, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

         Lipsey represents the 6th Congressional District, and his term of service ends December 31, 2018.

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         The 2016 Board of Regents installation also included:


Board Officers:

• Richard Lipsey, Chair

• Edward Markle, Vice Chair

• Joseph Farr, Secretary


Executive Committee:

• Richard Lipsey, Chair

• Edward Markle, Vice Chair

• Joseph Farr, Secretary

• Marty Chabert

• Robert Levy

• Roy Martin III

• Collis Temple III


Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission:

• Collis Temple III

• Larry Tremblay


Newly Appointed Board Member:

•Thomas G. Henning


         The Board of Regents, a state agency created by the 1974 Louisiana Constitution, coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. The Board of Regents believes that a robust public postsecondary education system is critical in order to enhance Louisiana's social and economic environment. Through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research and accountability, Regents strives to ensure that all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities.

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