Arkansas man in line for state's top higher ed job
BATON ROUGE- The top college policymaker in Arkansas is the front-runner to become Louisiana's next commissioner of higher education.
Jim Purcell, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, told The Times-Picayune on Friday that he has submitted his application for the job.
State officials cleared a major stumbling block to filling the post on Friday as well. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approved a $275,000 annual salary package for the position.
An executive search firm hired by the Board of Regents has been working for months to identify candidates to fill the post that was left vacant when Commissioner Sally Clausen resigned under fire in June.