Splitting roles? Gov. Edwards, LSU board see growing appetite for dividing president-chancellor job

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The LSU Board of Supervisors may consider splitting the roles of university system president and flagship campus chancellor, school sources tell BRProud.com.

The university merged the two positions in 2013, amid former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to consolidate leadership. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards voiced interest in undoing the merge.

“I don’t think one person can do everything that’s expected of them, to both run the A&M campus in Baton Rouge and the system,” Edwards said. “Because you want your chancellor present at events on campus but also to do fundraising specific for the campus at A&M university, whereas the system president has to do that all across the state of Louisiana.”

Former LSU president and chancellor F. King Alexander stepped down last month. He will become president of Oregon State University later this year.

LSU Law dean Thomas Galligan has been serving as Alexander’s interim successor. Who will take the full-time helm — and whether they will divide the president/chancellor roles — remains unclear.

“We have had success with two different models regarding the president and chancellor roles,” LSU Board of Supervisors chair Mary Werner said in a statement Wednesday. “As we move forward in starting the search, we are going to not only look at both of these models, but consider other configurations that we see across the county in higher education leadership.”

Aside from LSU’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the system runs facilities in Alexandria, Eunice, New Orleans and Shreveport.

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