Dr. F. King Alexander recommended to be LSU's new President-Chancellor

Dr. F. King Alexander
Dr. F. King Alexander
LSU System meeting where board is expected to name a new LSU president who will replace John Lombardi
LSU System meeting where board is expected to name a new LSU president who will replace John Lombardi

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to LSU, the LSU Presidential search committee has come to a consensus on one candidate and have recommended Dr. F. King Alexander to be the new LSU President-Chancellor.

The Presidential Search Committee met Monday morning where the list was narrowed down to one candidate. The board did not vote Monday, they just recommended Alexander for the position.

The Board expecting to consider the candidate at a special meeting on March 27.

Alexander is expected to visit LSU later this week, where the community from all campuses will have a chance to hear from him and can learn more about him.

Prior to becoming president at CSU Long Beach in 2006, Alexander was the president of Murray State University from 2001 to 2006. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin, his Master of Science in educational studies/comparative educational policy in 1991 from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 in political science from St. Lawrence University.

Alexander was born in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Gainesville, Florida.

The new President-Chancellor is expected to begin late June or early July. Williams Jenkins has been serving as the interim system president.

"This is an exciting period at a difficult time for higher education," said Alexander. "LSU is positioned better than many public universities in the United States to lead the land grant mission into the next 50 years. LSU has developed a great reputation due to the work of its faculty and staff and the quality of its students, and I would be honored to be part of that cohesive team as it moves into the future."

The new President-Chancellor will replace fired former LSU president John Lombardi. Lombardi was fired April 27, 2012 after serving as the chief executive office of five campuses, 11 institutions and 10 hospitals within the LSU system.

Lombardi was appointed in 2007 when the board was controlled by members appointed by governors Kathleen Blanco and Mike Foster. A board mainly appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal voted to fire Lombardi last year.

Officials merged the positions of the system president and chancellor to revamp the Baton Rouge campus in October of 2012, but it was re-approved in January. The latest vote was meant to ease concerns for the Attorney General's office that the October vote was a violation of the state's open meeting's law.

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