Southern will not renew chancellor's contract

Southern University Chancellor Jim Llorens began saying goodbye to students after the university's Board of Supervisors decided Monday afternoon not to extend his contract.

Llorens was one vote shy of getting the extension.

He says he's sad because he felt like he had  the university going in the right direction.

"I think we had a lot more to do," Llorens says.  "We had some challenges ahead of us, but I think we were headed in the right direction. So yes I"m disappointed that we cannot continue that progress, but it's Southern University."

Supporters packed the meeting room waiting more than two hours while the board discussed the issue in executive session.

Meanwhile President Ronald Mason says the decision was made after an objective evaluation and assessment of the chancellor's performance.

"There were good points and bad points, but I think we all agreed we needed to bring as much manpower and brain power to bear on righting the ship on the Baton Rouge campus," Mason says.

The president says they will hire a national search firm to look for a new chancellor.

Llorens' last day is June 30.

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