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Four candidates for SU Law Center post announced Thursday

9 months 1 week 14 hours ago February 25, 2016 Feb 25, 2016 Thursday, February 25 2016 February 25, 2016 9:27 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The search committee looking to select the next chancellor of the Southern University Law Center will pick from four candidates announced Thursday morning.

Three of the four candidates are closely tied to the university already as internal candidates. The other is a state appellate court judge who received a juris doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

The final candidates are:

John Michael Guidry, State Appellate Court judge, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and juris doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

Russell Jones, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Southern University Law Center, earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, a juris doctorate from the Southern University Law Center, and a master of law from Georgetown University Law Center.

John K. Pierre, interim chancellor, Southern University Law Center, received a bachelor’s degree from Southern University Baton Rouge, a master’s degree from Texas Tech, and juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.

Roederick C. White Sr., vice chancellor for student affairs, Southern University Law Center, earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern University, and a MBA and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University.

"After taking into consideration the vision, leadership philosophy, academic preparation, and other qualities of the pool of candidates, the search committee believes that each of the finalists are well equipped to lead the Southern University Law Center," attorney and search committee chair Dwayne Murray said.

SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton will submit the remaining candidates to the SU Board of Supervisors for final interviews and consideration. The new chancellor will replace Freddie Pitcher Jr. who resigned in June 2015.

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