BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to a news release from attorneys involved in the matter, the 21-year-old Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Reveille is suing LSU's governing board.
The lawsuit comes after the Editor-in-Chief Andrea Gallo requested access to any and all applications and names of those who had applied for the open President/Chancellor's position.
The search for the new LSU President/Chancellor revealed one finalist. That finalist, F. King Alexander, was confirmed in March with a unanimous vote of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
According to the news release, Gallo requested access in March to any and all applications and names of those who had applied for the open President/Chancellor's position. LSU denied those requests.
On March 18, 2013, Scott Sternberg--a former editor-in-chief of The Daily Reveille and now attorney with the law firm of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC, wrote the LSU system requesting leaders producer the records or seek the opinion of the Louisiana Attorney General.
According to the news release, counsel for the LSU System denied the requests on March 28, 2013.
"LSU has been anything but transparent throughout this process," said Gallo in the news release. "At the end of the day, LSU prides itself on being a public research university. It's only fair that LSU lets the public take a look at the candidates and offer their input. If LSU is meant to be a beacon for the residents of Louisiana, I don't understand how the residents haven't been included in the president search at all."
Gallo said her decision to sue the school she loves was not an easy one.
"I was hoping throughout the entire search process that LSU would work with us so we, as reporters, could give our readers insight into who the next president of LSU would be and what qualities we were looking for in that person. It became apparent pretty early on that our access was not only limited, but practically blacked out." Gallo, a Lafayette native, said. "I love LSU, and I didn't expect it to come to this. But at this point, I'm not giving up and the issue has become about much more than me and my university and public records."
Gallo is also being represented by Rachel Flarity, another former Daily Reveille reporter and an attorney at the New Orleans firm of Schafer & Schafer.
The suit was filed around Noon Monday. Gallo says a court date has not been decided.