Posted: Mar 18, 2013 1:37 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 18, 2013 7:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's search committee named Dr. Fieldon King Alexander, the president of California State University, Long Beach, as their pick to be the school's next president.
The decision was announced at the Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon, and came at the end of an extensive nationwide search.
"This is an exciting period at a difficult time for higher education," Alexander said in a release provided by LSU. "LSU has developed a great reputation due to the work of its faculty and staff and the quality of its students, and I would be honored to be part of that cohesive team as it moves into the future."
Dr. Alexander received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University where he also played basketball. He's served as CSULB's president since 2006, and was president of Murray State University in Kentucky from 2001 to 2006.
The board will take Alexander's name under consideration and vote after he visits the campus, which will include meeting with the faculty and students boards. That vote is scheduled for March 27.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more from today's Board of Supervisors meeting starting at 4 p.m.