Meet the Commission

meet the commission

LITE commissioners are appointed by Louisiana Economic Development (LED), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL-Lafayette), and Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) for staggered three-year terms.

The seven member board of commissioners are selected based on their recognized expertise and experience in mission-centric industries and practices. The roles of the commissioners are to represent all stakeholders, provide strategic direction, ensure objectivity and credibility, provide guidance and review reports of the LITE staff.

  • Douglas Menefee

    Douglas Menefee


    Amazon Web Services

    Enterprise CIO Advisor

  • Tom Cox

    Tom Cox

    Vice Chairman

    President & CEO

  • Azmy Ackleh

    Azmy Ackleh


    College of Science

    Dean of the Ray P. Authement

  • Don Briggs

    Don Briggs

    Louisiana Oil & Gas Association


  • Henry Chu

    Henry Chu

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Executive Director, Informatics Research Institute Professor, Center for Advanced Computer Studies

  • James Chappell

    James Chappell

    Louisiana Economic Development

    Director of Economic Competitiveness

  • Ramesh Kolluru

    Ramesh Kolluru

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development