LSU grapples with consolidation questions

LSU Board members break up into discussion groups during a board retreat at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. (LSU System photo)

The next head of the Louisiana State University System could bring more coherence and organization to what is now “a loose and passive confederation” of institutions, according to a report delivered to the LSU Board of Supervisors on Saturday. The report, prepared by consultants from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, is intended as a jumping-off point for the board as it faces a search for a new president of the system and a chancellor for the flagship Baton Rouge campus.

William Jenkins is serving as interim president of the LSU system and as interim chancellor of the flagship LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

The direction of that search and the future of LSU are intertwined, and board members are considering whether to combine the two positions and begin consolidating the 10 institutions within the system.