A Lafayette organization is hosting an online fundraiser to raise money for the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, after Gov. Bobby Jindal used his line-item veto ability to cut the Council’s funding. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 8:04 PM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has named two new members to Louisiana's Board of
Regents, including a Lake Charles man.
Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor picked for the 16-member higher education policy 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.