LSU’s King Alexander could be named Oregon State’s next president today

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According to USA Today, LSU President King Alexander could be named president of Oregon State University Friday after seven years at Louisiana’s flagship university.

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will make the announcement during a special board meeting noon central time Friday at OSU’s Memorial Union Horizon Room in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public.

USA Today Network is seeking comment from Alexander.

Two sources with direct knowledge of the process, among them a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, told USA Today Network Alexander informed them he expected to be the choice. 

F. King Alexander., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.

F. King Alexander., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network)

The new Oregon State president will take the take the helm July 1, replacing current President Ed Ray.  

Ray has served as president 17 years, the longest tenure of any current public university president in Oregon.

LSU has about 45,000 students on campuses throughout the state. Though each campus has a president or chancellor, Alexander leads the entire system, including the flagship campus in Baton Rouge.

Oregon State is the largest university in Oregon with more than 31,000 students.

Alexander and LSU weathered the storm of a decade of state budget cuts to higher education before the budget was stabilized in 2017-28 under Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Republican-controlled Legislature.Get the Storm Watch newsletter in your inbox.

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Alexander had also been a candidate for both the California State University system, with about 482,000 students, and the University of California system, with about 280,000 students.

Both of those jobs will come open next summer.

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