UL System hires new second in charge, picks board officers

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has named Kentucky educator Karla Hughes as the system’s executive vice president, making her second-in-command to UL System President Sandra Woodley.

Hughes also was named the system’s provost, meaning she will serve as the chief academic officer over programs at the UL System’s nine schools.

Hughes comes to Louisiana after serving more than six years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

A UL System news release says Hughes was responsible for administering an operating budget of more than $94.9 million while providing leadership for 367 full- and 355 part-time faculty.

While at Morehead State, Hughes also chaired the Kentucky Postsecondary Education System’s Council of Chief Academic Officers, representing eight institutions including the universities of Kentucky and Louisville.

“An opportunity like this to help strengthen existing, as well as assist the coordination and development of new programs that improve student success, are rare,” Hughes said in a statement. “That’s why I applied only a day or two after reading the job description!”

Woodley, who is set to mark her one-year anniversary in Louisiana next month, said Hughes’ “leadership skills and ability to wear multiple hats will be valuable in working with our nine universities.”

The UL Board also recently elected its 2014 officers, choosing Kenner businessman E.G. “T-Boy” Hebert as chairman, Jimmie “Beau” Martin Jr., of Cut Off, as vice chairman and Edward Crawford, of Shreveport, as parliamentarian.

The UL System is the largest network of four-year universities in Louisiana. It enrolls 90,000 students at schools throughout the state and includes the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southeastern State University in Hammond, McNeese State University in Lake Charles and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.