LSU Board of Supervisors reaffirms system president, chancellor merger

Despite critics and the Attorney’s general office citing LSU’s violation of the state’s opening meeting law, LSU Board of Supervisors reiterated its position and approved the consolidation of the LSU system president and its main campus chancellor, Friday evening. Hank Danos, chairman on the Board of Supervisors, said this consolidation will take LSU forward and will make the university more competitive.

After the meeting, Kevin Cope, LSU Faculty senate president, who has been an outspoken member criticizing the broad’s position on reorganization, said it’s unfortunate the board has ignored the faculty’s opinion, which suggest the merging of the two positions is a bad idea.

The board has been accused of being non-communicative about its plans to reorganize and consolidate, but LSU officials have made efforts to communicate to faculty, staff and students about ongoing plans through letters from the interim president, town-hall meetings and meetings with faculty.

LSU board member Blake Chatelain said the board met with faculty as early as Friday morning to discuss the consolidation. Chatelain said faculty members may not agree with the board’s position but the conversations were robust and candid.