Jindal names educator Ann Smith to SU board

Kentwood educator Ann Smith is joining the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed the wife of Kentwood Mayor Harold Smith to the 16-member Southern Board on Thursday.

Ann Smith is a member of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board and she is the retired principal of Kentwood High School.

She replaces board member Richard Caiton, of New Orleans, who was reappointed by Jindal but subsequently rejected by the state Senate in June.

State lawmakers were critical of Caiton for allegedly not working well with Southern University System President Ronald Mason Jr., who took over last year.

Smith will serve a nearly six-year term.

Jindal also reappointed four members to the 17-member Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors.

Retaining their seats are LCTCS Board Chairman Vinney St. Blanc, of Franklin; founding board chairman Edwards Barham, of Oak Ridge; Baton Rouge lawyer Tim Hardy; and retired Sunset educator Deni Grissette.

Hardy, a Jindal campaign contributor, is the only prior Jindal appointment.

Grissette, who is now a Jindal contributor, was originally appointed by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

St. Blanc is a former Franklin mayor, and Barham is a former state senator.

They will all serve fresh, six-year terms.