LSU reorganization update from President William Jenkins

LSU President William L. Jenkins

Over the past few weeks, I have held a town hall discussion at each campus in the LSU System. I thank everyone who participated and provided feedback at each of these meetings. We are all passionate about shaping the future of LSU.

Each town hall meeting consisted of three parts: the first being a summary of the financial and competitive pressures and changing landscape of higher education that is prompting LSU to look at reorganization; the second to provide a rough outline and information on the start of this process; and the third being the solicitation of input from each community within the System.

There were a number of common themes and concerns shared by each group I visited.  The desire for certain levels of autonomy, the concern about the impact on financial and human resources and the importance of each campus to its community were common threads throughout my statewide tour.  In addition, each campus has its own unique characteristics and therefore its own unique concerns that were shared in these town hall meetings.

The comments made during each of these stops were carefully documented and will be brought to the Transition Advisory Team for discussion and development of recommendations. I remind you that the Transition Advisory Team is not a decision-making team, but their role is to gather information to present to the LSU Board of Supervisors, which will have the ultimate authority in determining how this reorganization is carried out.

It is also important for you to know that we are at the beginning of this process. Your input and involvement are keys in the success of this reorganization. If you were unable to attend your town hall meeting or have feedback that you would like to provide, please write to president@lsu.edu.

Also, a website has also been developed at www.lsu.edu/LSU2015 with information available on the reorganization process and the opportunity to provide comments.

The Transition Advisory Team will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, January 8, at 10 a.m. in the LSU System Building.  Subteams will be formed, as discussed during the town hall meetings, to review questions, concerns and opportunities in a number of areas and bring those discussions back to the Transition Advisory Team. This is an inclusive, deliberate process and the teams will be very involved and will use all intellectual horsepower available.  The subteams will consist of representation from across the LSU System and this is where the foundation of our future will be established.

Throughout this process, one of the goals has been to create collaboration across the LSU System and share ideas more than has been done in the past, and to my delight, this has already begun to occur. In response to the Board’s direction, many of you have begun contacting your colleagues throughout the System which is exactly the type of collaboration needed for this process.

On a personal note, I would like to report that traveling around the state has renewed a long-time belief of mine: LSU is critical to Louisiana. We cover all aspects of life and do it with a vigor and enthusiasm that is unmatched.

Throughout this process, I will continue to update you on the progress of the reorganization of the LSU System.

Thank you.