Higher education commissioner decides to not seek contract renewal

Jim Purcell
Jim Purcell

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana's higher education commissioner will not try to renew his contract, which is set to expire early next year.

Jim Purcell has been on the job since February 2011, but he told the Board of Regents Wednesday he would not seek renewal.

Purcell has been at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal over higher education budget cuts.

The governor reportedly tried to pressure the board into firing Purcell earlier this year.

His contract ends on March 20.

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