New LSU Board Chair Takes Office

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LSU Board Chairman James P. Roy, Sr., second from left, takes the Oath of Office from Past Chairman Jerry Shea, Jr. of New Iberia.  Roy’s wife, Ginger, and son, John, look on.

The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors has sworn in a new chairman.

James Parkerson Roy, Sr., a Lafayette attorney, succeeded Jerry Shea Jr. of New Iberia as chairman of the 16-member board during the board’s August meeting in Baton Rouge.

Appointed to Board in January 2005, Roy was elected Chairman-elect last year, putting him in line to automatically become chairman.

During his tenure on the Board, Roy, 56, has served on the board’s Executive Committee, the Flagship Agenda Committee, and the Audit Committee.  In addition, he has been Chairman of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Athletic Committee.

Extensively involved in LSU-related activities for many years, Roy has served as Annual Fund Chairman for LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he is a member of the Law School Alumni Board of Trustees as well as the Chancellor’s Council. He is a supporter of the LSU Foundation, the LSU Foundation’s 1860 Society, and the LSU Alumni Association.

A “Top 100″ supporter of the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), Roy and his wife, Ginger, have endowed the Jim and Ginger Roy Family TAF Foundation of Champions Scholarship for student athletes.  

Professionally, Roy is the managing member of the civil litigation law firm of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC in Lafayette, Louisiana.  He is Past President of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is listed in the peer-selected Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Roy has been honored through induction as a Fellow, and subsequently elected to the Board of Directors, of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), which has an active membership of only 500 lawyers (both plaintiff and defense), in North America.

The peer-selected Super Lawyers section of Louisiana Life magazine listed him as one of the Top Fifty Attorneys in Louisiana for 2007 and 2008.  The National Law Journal named him Litigator of the Month in August 2001. The prestigious Martindale-Hubble Lawyer’s Directory awarded him its highest peer-reviewed rating (“AV”) for professional excellence and integrity. Over the years he has been a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars.

A long time supporter of Acadiana-area charitable organizations, Mr. Roy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Education & Referral Center, Inc. (232-HELP/211) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewell P. Lowe Foundation.

A 1969 high school graduate of The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Roy received his Bachelor of Science degree at LSU A&M in 1973, where he was president of Gamma Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He received his Juris Doctor Degree from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1976 He was a member of the Moot Court Board. He subsequently earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from the Georgetown University Law School in 1977.  He and his wife Ginger reside in Lafayette.

The Board of Supervisors, established under the Louisiana Constitution, is responsible for the oversight and management of the LSU System’s 11 institutions: LSU A&M in Baton Rouge, LSU Shreveport, LSU Eunice, LSU Alexandria, University of New Orleans, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU AgCenter, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the LSU Health Care Services Division, which manages seven of the state’s 10 public teaching hospitals and clinics. LSUHSC Shreveport manages the other three hospitals.  

LSU education and health care delivery is a $3.3 billion dollar-a-year enterprise, employing more than 27,000 people with over 50,000 students statewide. The LSU Health Care System is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the United States.

For further information, contact Dr. Charles Zewe, LSU System Vice President of Communication 225-578-3941 czewe@lsu.edu

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