Next LSU President?

Yesterday, I wrote about my LSU nightmare.

Now, it appears that my nightmare was actually a premonition. Read the report by the Michelle Millhollon in today’s Baton Rouge Advocate.

Just a few excerpts from the story that were also in my nightmare:

—Members of the LSU Board of Supervisors are scheduled to spend about eight hours Saturday discussing their search for the next system president.

One topic likely to come up during the retreat will be whether to merge the system president and main campus chancellor positions.

—Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development Stephen Moret’s name has come up as one of the more-persistent rumors of the spring and summer.

—Moret is one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s closest advisers. Jindal has appointed 15 out of the 16 members of the LSU board, including campaign contributors, his top legislative lobbyist and a former campaign treasurer.

—When asked whether the governor backs Moret for president, Jindal’s spokeswoman, Shannon Bates replied: “LSU needs to conduct a national search for the best candidate who will keep LSU moving forward.”

—Someone with a background in academia “can very rarely” be president Jenkins said. The position calls for a “nontraditional” candidate preferably with a business background, he said.

If you care about the future of LSU, now is the time to speak up. Spread the word!

Kudos to Michelle for the heads-up!

C.B.