Debate building over SU chancellor contract
BATON ROUGE- A large crowd gathered Monday evening, mostly to protest the Southern University board's decision not to renew Chancellor James Llorens' contract.
Llorens contends he was not happy with the new deal that appeared to give the system president, Ronald Mason, more power and gave less power to the chancellor's office.
"The president and I have a good working relationship, we have a disagreement on how input should be but I believe we respect each other," said James Llorens. Llorens will leave his position when his contract ends in June.
Students and alumni argue Llorens has proven he is a good leader and has turned the school around.
"Of course everything isn't perfect at Southern, but we are on our way with Chancellor Llorens," said Simone Bray, a member of the SU Student Government Association.
"There is a tough job to be done on this campus and my recommendations were really to encourage the system and the chancellor to let the system get involved in solving these problems," Mason said.
An SGA representative said they were planning a campus protest for Tuesday.
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