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Southern's president responds to board member's call for his resignation

Ronald Mason (Source: WAFB) Ronald Mason (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University System President Ronald Mason responds to a call for his resignation by a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

Rev. Samuel Tolbert sent an email Thursday to the board and copied Mason on it asking for his resignation.

“I'm not sure what Rev. Tolbert's call is about, but I look forward to discussing it with him tomorrow,” President Mason says. “There is a difference of opinion on the board. I have a certain vision of Southern's future and I've put that in writing to the board. Some agree with it and some don't. In the end, we'll see what the majority of the board wants.”

Tolbert's email reads "I have tried my best to work with this president to no avail. Therefore I am requesting in the best interest of Southern University that President Mason would submit his resignation before this Saturday's board meeting effective immediately.”

Tolbert's email goes on to say "the facts remains that President Mason has been voted down as President and Chancellor; his destructive and dismantling of the system transformation plan is a complete failure; his online program feature has more internet lines than students; the SUSLA Connect Program has too much SU System interference, and every debate on the campuses has the president at the center of them.“

"Former President Ronald Reagan's famed question, "are we better off now than we were four years ago" is applicable in Southern University's situation at this point. Let me hasten to answer that question with an astounding NO!" Tolbert says in the email. 

The board will discuss Mason's contract at its meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  The board will also meet on Friday at 1 p.m. Meetings are held on the second floor of the J.S. Clark Administration building. 

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