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LSUA Chancellor Search Meeting

Released: 03/04/2008

The Chancellor's Search Committee for LSU at Alexandria will meet at noon March 14 to select three finalists whose names will be sent to LSU System president Dr. John Lombardi. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in the Bo Nipper Building on campus.

Lombardi will appoint LSUA's ninth chancellor this spring. Dr. Robert Cavanaugh's retirement in August after a long career created a vacancy, and Dr. H. Rouse Caffey and Dr. Tom Armstrong have served as interim chancellors since then.

Five semi-finalists are involved in comprehensive on-campus interviews with faculty, staff, students and the LSUA Foundation through March 11. Dr. Thomas Krepel, assistant to the president at Northern Illinois University, will be interviewed Wednesday, and Dr. Betsy Boze, chief executive officer at Kent State University-Stark, will be on campus Thursday. Armstrong, the university's vice chancellor for academic affairs, will be interviewed March 10, and Dr. David Manuel, vice president for academic affairs at St. Mary's University, will conclude the final round of interviews the next day. Dr. Charles Harrington, vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of North Carolina-Pembroke, was on campus Monday.

The public is invited to meet the candidates at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium.

The search committee over several months reduced 68 original applicants to 10, who were interviewed Feb. 15-16 in Baton Rouge. The five semi-finalists were chosen from that group.

Dr. Mary Treuting, an LSUA professor of psychology, is chairwoman of the 21 member search committee, which is composed of faculty, staff, students and private sector professionals. "Interest in this process has been keen, and we have put the candidates through rigorous examination," Treuting said. "All of the semi-finalists are outstanding candidates, and the committee is confident that the next chancellor at LSUA will be a very able, proven leader."