TITLE 17. EDUCATION

 CHAPTER 20. HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE

 

17:3022    Membership and organization

 

A. (1) The Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, hereafter referred to as "the commission", shall be composed of twenty-one members, to consist of the executive secretary to the governor or his designee, who shall serve as ex officio chairman;  the state superintendent of education, the president of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the chairpersons of the Board of Regents, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges, and the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, or their designees from the other members of their respective boards;  the chairperson of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities or his designee who shall be an administrator at or a member of a governing board of a Louisiana independent institution of higher education;  five persons, who shall be qualified electors of the state, one to be selected by each of the boards of postsecondary and higher education by the membership of each of said boards and who shall serve at the pleasure of the board;  one person who shall be a qualified elector of the state to be selected by the board of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities by the members of that board and who shall serve at the pleasure of the association;  one person who shall be the owner of a fully accredited proprietary school in Louisiana, as defined by R.S. 17:3141. 2, to be appointed by the governor;  one person who shall be a director or employee of a state-operated postsecondary vocational-technical school to be appointed by the governor;  two persons to be appointed by the governor from a list of the names of five persons submitted by the Louisiana Bankers' Association;  and two student members to be selected from among the student members of the boards of postsecondary and higher education and from among the students of member institutions of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities as follows:

 

(a) One student member of the commission shall be a student member of one of the boards of postsecondary education in the state, with each of the student members of the boards serving a one-year term on the commission on a rotating basis.  The order of the rotation shall be as follows:

 

(i) The student member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

 

(ii) The student member of the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges who represents the community college division of the system.

 

(iii) The student member of the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

 

(iv) The student member of the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

 

(v) The student member of the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges who represents the vocational-technical division of the system.

 

(b) One student member to be selected by the board of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities from the student bodies of its member institutions.

 

(2) Any designee serving as a member of the commission in place of and at the pleasure of the chairman of a higher education board and any qualified elector selected as a member by the membership of a higher education board and serving at its pleasure, may serve for a term of not in excess of three years.  Such a member may be reappointed for an additional term or terms not in excess of three years for each such term.  All gubernatorial appointees shall be subject to Senate confirmation.

 

B. The commission shall select a qualified professional director to administer the functions, responsibilities, and programs of the office of student financial assistance of the Department of Education, as provided in R.S. 36:650, as enacted by Act No. 83 of the 1977 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature as directed by the commission.

 

C. Members of the commission shall receive compensation for their services at the rate of fifty dollars per diem and shall be reimbursed for their necessary travel expenses actually incurred in the conduct of the business of the commission.  The commission is limited to twelve meetings per year for which per diem may be drawn by commission members.

 

D. The commission shall provide for the holding of regular and special meetings.  A majority of the commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business and, unless a greater number is required by the rules of the commission, the act of a majority of the commissioners present at any meeting shall be the act of the commission.

 

E. The commission shall adopt rules for the conduct of the commission and may appoint such other officers and employees as necessary and may fix their compensation and prescribe their duties.

 

Acts 1978, No. 135, § 2.  Amended by Acts 1980, No. 438, § 1;  Acts 1985, No. 879, § 1, eff. July 23, 1985;  Acts 1987, No. 84, § 1;  Acts 1990, No. 1054, § 1;  Acts 1992, No. 263, § 1, eff. June 10, 1992;  Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 151, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999;  Acts 2004, No. 201, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004;  Acts 2013, No. 220, § 6, eff. June 11, 2013.