June 6, 2024 – The University of Louisiana System welcomed Mr. Mark Romero as the new chair of its Board of Supervisors, the management board overseeing the system’s nine public universities. Gov. Jeff Landry announced Mr. Romero’s appointment as board chair yesterday.

“I am deeply honored to step into the role of chair for the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and thankful to Gov. Landry for his leadership and the opportunity to continue serving the state,” said Mr. Romero. “Collaboration is key, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to continue elevating the work of our nine universities and all we do to generate positive outcomes for our tens of thousands of students and the state and communities we collectively support.”

Mr. Romero, a New Iberia resident, brings a wealth of experience to his role as board chair, having served on the Board of Supervisors for the UL System since 2013, including previously serving as board chair. Representing the third congressional district, he serves as Executive Vice President at Brown & Brown Insurance Services, leading their retail operations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

“Mark’s extensive experience, leadership, and commitment to higher education will be invaluable for our board and System,” said Dr. Jimmy Clarke, former board chair. “I look forward to collaborating with Mark as we navigate the exciting opportunities ahead for the students at our nine institutions.”

 “I am grateful for Gov. Landry’s leadership in appointing Mr. Romero as our new board chair – someone who brings a steady hand and immense experience to this role as we continually work to enhance how we serve students across our universities,” said Rick Gallot, President of the University of Louisiana System.

The University of Louisiana System, one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, serves over 82,000 students across nine institutions. The system offers various educational opportunities and provides high-quality, cost-efficient education to thousands of Louisiana families.

Mr. Romero’s appointment as board chair takes effect immediately as he prepares to preside over the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting on June 13.