Posted: May 25, 2012 4:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 25, 2012 4:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Chancellor Michael Martin announced this afternoon he will accept an offer to be chancellor of Colorado State University, beginning this fall.
LSU released a prepared statement from Martin this afternoon ahead of a scheduled conference call with Martin and the chairman of the CSU Board of Governors. Earlier in the day the board voted unanimously to appoint Martin as their chancellor.
During the call with media, Martin said leadership changes including a new LSU System president and provost, as well as potentially seven members of the Board of Supervisors whose terms end this summer, were what led to his decision.
However, Martin said he wanted to make sure LSU was secure financially before leaving.
"I am not running away from a difficult time," he said during the call. "This is really a last task to take on and test myself in leading a system."
Martin was appointed chancellor of LSU four years ago. The university said he plans to begin his position at CSU in August.
News 2 will have more on this announcement tonight starting at 5 p.m.