01/08/2013 01:25 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Transition Advisory Team held its first meeting on Tuesday, Jan.
8, in the LSU System Building to receive information about its role, expectations
and timeline from LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Danos and Interim LSU System
President and LSU Chancellor William Jenkins. The meeting served to launch LSU2015,
a process designed to investigate best practices and develop recommendations for a
vision and roadmap, which will be shared with the LSU board as they transform LSU
to remain competitive and excel in the rapidly changing environment of higher education.
In December 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors, with guidance from Jenkins, appointed
10 individuals to the Transition Advisory Team, each with a unique understanding of
the LSU System. This team will hear testimonies from nationally recognized subject
matter experts, receive reports and analyze information brought forward from a variety
of sources, and advise and present facts and ideas to the Board on effective organizational
These organizational models will both inform the search process for a new president
and assist with a roadmap for an effective transition. The team’s first product will
be a report to the Board of Supervisors in early March to ensure the search process
for the next LSU President remains on track.
“Over the next 60 days, the Transition Advisory team will assist us to better cast
our vision and define our aspirant goals. Their work will also allow us to better
define what kind of leader we will need as we strive to become world class,” Danos
The team will meet at least monthly over the next six months and will present the
LSU Board of Supervisors with a final report of recommendations by July 2013. Their
input will serve to assist the board and the new president as they lead LSU through
a transition to become a highly competitive university with best-in-class faculty,
distinguished innovation and research capabilities, and high performing graduates
who are recognized as critical thinkers and who are well prepared for jobs of the
Five sub-committees will be formed to develop implementation recommendations in key
focus areas. Chaired by members of the Transition Advisory Team, these sub-committees
will be comprised of representatives drawn from across the LSU System as well as outside
experts. These workgroups will schedule meetings at campuses across the state, examine
opportunities for improvement in specific topic areas, and then report their findings
to the Transition Advisory Team.
Jenkins noted the important role that these sub-committees will play and how critical
they are to the re-organization process. He stated that, “The sub-committees will
allow for the inclusion of ideas from across the LSU System and provide opportunities
for input from all interested parties which is crucial to our long-term success.”
The sub-committees will address the following specific focus areas (chairs and co-chairs are listed by sub-committee):
In addition, a Legal and Regulatory Advisory Group led by Shelby McKenzie and Dr. Firnberg will provide technical advice and support
to each sub-committee.
Jeff Selingo, consultant and former editor at large at The Chronicle for Higher Education and a leading authority on higher education addressed the Transition Advisory Team regarding projected changes in the landscape of higher education and challenges facing Louisiana. Selingo is one of several speakers who will be asked to address the Transition Advisory Team and their sub-committees over the course of the next few months.
Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013