BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to approve the hiring of Dr. F. King Alexander as the chancellor-president of LSU.
Budget cuts, tuition hikes---just some of the issues the LSU System is facing this year. Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors officially selected the man who will have to tackle these issues. Dr. F king Alexander served as president of California State University Long Beach since 2005. He says the key to handling the issues at LSU faces will be to listen to everyone's concerns.
"Until I really get the lay of the land and get to know the right people and get to know sort of the dynamics of Louisiana. Being the flagship university that touches every corner of the state, we need to know exactly what the needs of the state are and the citizens are," said Alexander.
Faculty Senate president Kevin Cope is still unhappy with the selection process, and says he still wonders whether Alexander has the skills necessary to do this job.
"Listening is only one skill. There's also interpreting and there's acting," said Cope. "What we're really looking for is action...including action for cleaning up the way business is done around here at the LSU system."
Interim president William Jenkins is confident Alexander is more than qualified to handle the job.
"He will manage to get the teams in place and get his administration in place to deal with these complex issues at the moment and the expanse of what the LSU system is today," said Jenkins.
Alexander will work closely with Jenkins to transition into the position, which he's expected to take over fully the first week of July.