Donaldsonville’s Henry named to Southern’s Board of Supervisors

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
The Rev. Donald Ray Henry of Donaldsonville takes the oath office as a member of the SU System Board of Supervisors during the governing board’s regular meeting January 9, 2015, in the Board Meeting Room in the J.S. Clark Administration Building, Southern University Baton Rouge. SU Board of Supervisors general counsel Winston Decuir Sr. administers the oath of office. A relative Tavares Walker joins him.

Donaldsonville’s Rev. Donald Ray Henry was appointed last week by Gov. Bobby Jindal to serve on the Southern University and A&M College System Board of Supervisors. Henry, a technical specialist for Noranda Alumina, L.L.C. in Gramercy, was appointed to serve as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District, in accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Constitution. He replaces Darren G. Mire.

Henry is one of five new members appointed to serve a six-year term on the board, which consists of 16 total members.

Henry is also the first to serve on the board from Ascension Parish.

"I want to first thank Governor Jindal for this prestigious appointment, and as well the local leaders who made recommendations to the Governor in my behalf: Senator Jody Amedee, Sheriff Jeff Wiley, and State Representative Ed Price.” Henry said. “I’d also like to send a special note of appreciation and thanks to Senator Troy Brown for orchestrating all the details and protocols which led to this appointment.”

According to statute, the board includes two members from each congressional district, one at-large member, and one representative of the student body.

Henry said Senator Brown truly was the catalyst that opened the opportunity for him to represent the area on the board. Brown said it was just something he didn’t want Henry or the 2nd Congressional District area to miss out on, which covers portions of both East Baton Rouge and Orleans parishes, and meanders through the River Parishes.

“The Surrounding Parishes have always been vital to the ongoing growth of Southern University,” Brown said. “So to have one of our own to serve as a policy maker is a milestone achieved.”