11/02/2012 05:08 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at a special meeting
on Friday, Nov. 2, to adopt six guiding goals and principles on which it will base
its decisions regarding the realignment and reorganization of LSU.
The board also authorized LSU Interim President William L. Jenkins to appoint a transition
advisory team, which will include faculty representation, to study all aspects of
the reorganization and make recommendations to board members for how the process should
move forward. The team will appoint and lead subcommittees composed of campus representatives
and subject matter experts to determine the best ways to accomplish the goal of reorganizing
LSU while holding true to the guiding goals and principles.
Otherwise, no action was taken on the AGB report that was presented to the board last
Friday. The report proposed a reorganization of LSU, in which all entities of the
LSU System would be unified and would report to one president in order to bolster
the university’s programs and reputation.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Danos told the standing-room-only audience that
the board planned to be “deliberative” in its plans to reorganize LSU. “We don’t
intend to be reckless in how we go about this change,” he said. “We are looking for
the best possible solutions. I would like to assure everyone that the board wants
the same thing you want – an efficient, effective and competitive LSU.”
The guiding goals and principles approved by the board are:
He also spoke to the changing higher education environment nationwide. “We are in
a period of profound tectonic change,” Jenkins said. “I understand fear of change
better than most, but if we take that perspective, we’re doing a real disservice to
the state of Louisiana. If you’re not thinking progress, if you’re not advancing,
Twelve individuals who had registered in advance to give public comments addressed
the board, all of whom requested that the board do its due diligence in exploring
the pros and cons of a reorganization on the individual campuses of LSU. Afterward,
Danos thanked those who spoke for their interest, and said the board intended to keep
all of their input in mind.
In other business, the board also voted unanimously to approve a preliminary proposed
budget request for LSU campuses for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
At an earlier meeting Friday morning, members of the LSU Presidential Search Committee met to discuss the search for the LSU president position. William Funk of R. William Funk & Associates – the search firm assisting LSU with the search – asked each committee member what they were looking for in a candidate. Committee members agreed that they were looking for candidates who had a grasp of not only higher education and academics, but also business and health care; someone who was student-focused and possessed excellent political and communication skills; someone with vision who can bring people together; an action-oriented person with a proven record of executing what he/she set out to accomplish; and someone with a passion for LSU.
Funk reminded committee members that candidate confidentiality is critical in high-level searches, and he promised to cast a wide net in order to identify the best possible candidates from around the nation. He also said that consolidating the LSU president and chancellor positions is an advantage in luring top candidates to apply for the position since there are currently dozens of presidential searches being conducted around the country.
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012