LSU board votes to appeal public records ruling
BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that requires the university system to turn over names of three dozen candidates considered during it presidential search.
The board's lawyer recommended the appeal, and board members agreed Tuesday without objection. LSU has refused to release the names while the issue is pending in the courts.
A closed-door search led to the hiring of F. King Alexander, who starts the job next month.
The Advocate and The Times-Picayune filed lawsuits seeking access to the name of presidential candidates, and a state district judge ruled the documents are public records and must be released.
LSU board members have defended the process, saying it was designed so sitting chancellors and presidents can be considered without worrying about their current positions.