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Seven apply for vacancy on Lafayette library board

Student ID cards work as a library card in Lafayette Parish.
Posted at 8:01 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 21:01:41-05

A vacant position on the Lafayette Parish Library Board of Control is set to be filled Tuesday by the Parish Council.

The position has attracted seven candidates. Tuesday's vote to fill the vacant spot will come days after five recent appointments to the seven-member board voted to reject a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to fund a discussion on the history of voting rights.

Some board members expressed concern that the series was not "apolitical." Shortly after the January 25th board meeting, Library Director Teresa Elberson retired. During the meeting some board members deemed the program's speakers "extremely far left leaning" and said they weren't going to "represent the other side."

The board selected a provisional director at its meeting last week.

According to the board's website, the selected appointee will serve for the remainder of an unexpired five-year term, ending on September 30, 2025.

Tuesday's Parish Council meeting will begin at 4:30 in the City-Parish Council Auditorium.

The candidates are:

  • André Breaux

Current Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Governmental Affairs at One Acadiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/Public Relations from Loyola and a Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas School of Public Service in Little Rock.

  • Frank S. Del Favero

Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at UL Lafayette since 2005 with 33 years in K-12 education. Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education French from State University of New York and a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Science from the University of Albany.

  • Robert L. Judge

Founder, President, and CEO of R.L. Judge & Associates, LLC, which specializes in workers compensation and disability insurance. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education from UL Lafayette and an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

  • Christie L. Maloyed

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UL Lafayette. Maloyed earned a Bachelor of Arts from Emory & Hardy College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M.

  • G. Shelly Maturin

Workers compensation and personal injury attorney in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor's degree from UL Lafayette and earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern University.

  • Jeremy Monts

IT manager at Metal Shark Boats with years of experience in IT and tech support. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi University for Women.

  • Clay Weill

Twenty years of experience in higher education, currently an instructor of English at LSU. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from LSU and a Masters of Fine Arts in English from LSU.

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