LSMSA’s Alumni Association President Jamie Smith confirmed the resignation of Natchitoches native Lovan Thomas from the school’s Board of Directors. Thomas declined his reappointment to the board June 6 amidst political turmoil in the Senate.
Serving on the board for 35 years, two senators voiced their concern about his reappointment, according to Smith. A letter was sent to Thomas saying his services were no longer needed. After SB 1 passed, the concerned parties changed their minds and the reappointment was reinstated.
Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Francis Thompson, calls for the name of LSMSA to change to Jimmy D. Long Sr. Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts to honor the Long legacy.
“It’s a shame the politics of the situation caused this to happen,” said Smith. “It brings to light to the people of the state the ugliness of how these things are handled. However, Lovan will continue to be a supporter of LSMSA and we will find a way for him to continue to be a part of the school beyond being a board member.”