LSU board takes first steps to find new president

The optimistic goal at LSU at the moment is to have a new system president in place by January.

While the search to replace John Lombardi, whom the LSU Board of Supervisors dismissed in April hasn’t started in earnest, the board has taken two preliminary steps — naming a six-person search team and hiring a consulting firm to find a new leader.

Whomever they choose will be in charge of LSU’s $3.5 billion network of four university campuses, a law school, two medical schools, 10 hospitals and dozens of outpatient medical clinics across Louisiana.

LSU Board member Blake Chatelain, of Alexandria, is the chairman of the board’s Presidential Search Committee.

On Tuesday, Chatelain said he expects the search committee to meet later this month to select a search firm, and ideally, to have a president picked by January.