Transition Advisory Team Final Report Now Available

09/06/2013 10:55 AM

BATON ROUGE – The final report from LSU’s Transition Advisory Team has been completed and is available at

A summary report of the Transition Advisory Team had been presented at the July Board of Supervisors meeting, and the full report, summary report and supporting materials are all available at the LSU 2015 website,

“LSU is most grateful to the members of the Transition Advisory Team and all others who volunteered their time and talent in guiding us through a transformational change,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “Through this process, we have learned of the numerous opportunities for efficiency, self-sufficiency and collaboration that are all within our reach, many of which we are already implementing or are beginning that process.”

The Transition Advisory Team, a 10-member panel tasked with providing information to the LSU Board of Supervisors to facilitate the reshaping of the LSU System, included five sub-committees and six task force groups made up of 114 faculty, staff, students and stakeholders from across the LSU System. A total of 50 meetings were held since January with 16 national experts giving testimony during this time.

“It’s clear that U.S. higher education is undergoing significant change and the Transition Advisory Team is appreciative of the opportunity to identify and develop recommendations to ensure LSU is successful and competitive during this time of change and challenge,” said Transition Advisory Team Member Clarence Cazalot, chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation. “It’s important to note that the Transition Advisory Team’s recommendations were really derived from the knowledge and ideas of people at many levels across the full LSU System, and it’s their desire to innovate and collaborate that will drive LSU’s future success.”

The goal of LSU2015 is to bring together the resources of the various units of the current LSU System to create a single, globally competitive LSU with statewide reach that is more efficient and more productive in the areas of educating its students, creating robust collaborative research, delivering effective health care, impacting economic development and conducting public service activities.

The team held its initial meeting on Jan. 8, an Immersion Workshop on Feb. 7, its third meeting on Feb. 19 and its fourth meeting with Ohio State University President Gordon Gee by Skype on March 5. The team met for the fifth time April 16 in a meeting that featured Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, and Stephen Moret, Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, and then a partial group met on April 19 with representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS. On May 21, the team heard reports from each sub-committee in the LSU2015 process and the final meeting was held on July 22 to discuss priority inputs to the Board of Supervisors.

Agendas for this and all LSU2015 sub-committee and task force group meetings can be found at Information on Transition Advisory Team members is available at  

More information on LSU’s reorganization process can be found at Information on the site includes meeting schedules, minutes and video and presentations from past meetings. Also, visit LSU’s reorganization Facebook page at

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013