LSU Faculty President critiques Board of Supervisors

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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:53 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 5:53 PM
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Topics: Press Club, Kevin Cope, LSU, Tigers, Board of Supervisors, merger

BATON ROUGE- LSU Faculty Senate President Dr. Kevin Cope gave an unflattering critique of the Board of Supervisors at a Press Club meeting today.

Dr. Cope, who's been vocally against the merger of the LSU System president and chancellor positions, said the board should be looking for qualified candidates with a PhD.

"The Board of Supervisors, which is not rich in academic personnel, seems to be pre-possessed by the notion of a non-traditional candidate, by which they presume a candidate with fewer, rather than more, qualifications," Cope said.

He also wants more diversity on the Board of Supervisors to represent all of the people LSU serves.

"I think there should be more diversity on all the management boards, and I think the diversity should be on all axes, not just ethnic diversity, but gender diversity, vocational diversity, economic diversity and age diversity," said Cope. "When you reach that level of isolation, you need some input from elsewhere, and again I stress, I'm so committed to this, that I'm looking for a diverse kind of diversity."

The Board of Supervisors agreed to consolidate the two top positions in the LSU system and University last month.

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