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Jan 29, 2007
Governor Blanco announces Higher Education Board appointments

BATON ROUGE-Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has appointed Vic Stelly to the Louisiana Board of Regents and Geraldine "Deni" Grissette Taylor to the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges Board of Supervisors (LCTCS).
Vic Stelly of Lake Charles has been appointed to serve on the Board of Regents representing the 7th Congressional District. He was a teacher and coach from 1962 thorough 1974.  Stelly was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1988 after serving four years on the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  He is a graduate of Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University.  Stelly has served on various boards across the state including Jeff Davis Bank and Trust Board of Directors, Council for a Better Louisiana Board of Directors, Board of Counselors with St. Patrick Hospital, McNeese State University Foundation and the McNeese Quarterback Club.  For twenty-five years, he also operated an insurance and real estate firm in Moss Bluff just north of Lake Charles.

The Louisiana Board of Regents is the state's governing body for all public higher education institutions in Louisiana.  The Board is currently working on a new master plan for higher education as well as issues to address students' access and success in higher education. 
Deni Taylor of Sunset has been appointed to serve on the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges Board of Supervisors, replacing Ann Knapp of Lake Charles.  Mrs. Taylor, a native of Lake Charles, will represent the 7th Congressional District.  A graduate of Bakersfield College and Cal State University, Deni has devoted much of her career to higher education advancement.  After teaching in California and Nevada, Mrs. Taylor returned to Louisiana to work with at-risk students in St. Landry Parish.

The mission of the LCTCS is to improve the quality of life of the State's citizens through educational programs offered through the numerous 2-year institutions across Louisiana.  The Board manages the day-to-day activities of the State's nine community colleges, the two technical and community colleges and the 40 campuses of the Louisiana Technical College. 
"I am very pleased to have both of these individuals join us in advancing education here in Louisiana," Governor Blanco said.  "Vic and Deni both bring a wealth of knowledge to their respective boards and I look forward to working with them in their new roles."