Posted: Jun 23, 2011 8:52 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Board of Regents member Ed Antie has left the board rather than risk having his appointment rejected by the state Senate during confirmation votes Thursday.
Antie, a communications business owner from Carencro, was grilled by state senators during confirmation hearings over a perceived conflict of interest from a state contract with a business in which he indirectly owns an interest, a possible conflict of interest that Antie didn't report in his disclosure form to the Senate.
He was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in December to the top higher education board in the state. A Jindal spokesman told The Advocate that the governor agreed it was the right decision for Antie to resign.