University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley resigns

University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley resigns

(WAFB) - After three years of being the University of Louisiana System President, Dr. Sandra Woodley has submitted her resignation.

There is no specific reason as to why Dr. Woodley resigned.

Board Chair E. Gerald "T-Boy" Hebert issued a statement regarding her resignation:

On behalf of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, we would like to thank Dr. Sandra Woodley for three years of dedicated service in leading our nine university system. We would also like to acknowledge her tireless efforts in guiding our system through the challenges of a very difficult budget climate for higher education. We wish Dr. Woodley the best in her future endeavors and thank her again for her hard work in leading our System through very difficult times.

LCTCS President also issued a statement regarding Dr. Woodley's resignation:

"We are all appreciative of Sandra Woodley's dedication and commitment to the people of Louisiana and for advancing higher education in our state. As a former community college student, Sandy brings a unique perspective and has been a tremendous partner for Louisiana's community and technical colleges.  We will all miss her leadership.  While we are sad to see her leave, there is no doubt she will do well as she transitions to a new chapter in her career."

LSU President F. King Alexander commented Friday night on Dr. Woodley's resignation:

"I have enjoyed working with Sandy since we were both in Kentucky. Here in Louisiana, she was a vital part of a small team that helped shape higher education. She will be sorely missed."

See full resignation letter to the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors below:

November 20, 2015

University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors

Dear Board members:

I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President over the past three years.  Since I joined the University of Louisiana System in January 2013 we have tackled some of the most critical issues facing our institutions-work which I found both challenging and rewarding.

We were able to accomplish important objectives on behalf of our universities' faculty, staff and students during a very difficult time.  Together, we led merit based presidential searches that resulted in three visionary leaders. We developed an analytics dashboard, the first of its kind in our state, to serve as tool for evidence-based decision making that provided greater accountability and transparency. I am proud of our efforts that developed and implemented a statewide strategy fueled by a strong coalition of higher education leaders that reversed the eight-year trend of budget cuts.

I am also proud of the collective impact that resulted from strategic alliances among the four system leaders and our campus leadership teams. Together we developed and secured passage of the WISE fund, providing much needed resources that will give thousands of students the opportunity to participate in our growing workforce.

Next year will be a critical time for higher education and securing the next leader as soon as possible will be important. To that end, I offer this letter of resignation to the Board to ensure a smooth and productive transition. I look forward to remaining in my role as system president through December 31, 2015, and then will serve in a transitional capacity through March 15, 2016.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you, the state of Louisiana, the System's nine universities and our 90,000 students. I am excited about what is next for me and my future. I am also hopeful that the University of Louisiana System will continue to thrive.

With Warmest Regards,

Sandra K. Woodley
University of Louisiana System

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