Posted: Mar 21, 2013 5:47 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 7:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - In his first official visit to campus, Dr. King Alexander said he doesn't have all the answers, but plans to listen and learn from students, faculty and the legislature about what's best for LSU.
Alexander answered questions from students and staff members in two separate meetings inside the Student Union.
Hundreds watched online as Alexander explained he's endured budget battles, low morale and the struggle to raise private money in his current position as President of California State University Long Beach.
Alexander said he had no interactions with the Jindal Administration during the selection process but looks forward to meeting and working with him.
"I don't know Governor Jindal's policies, but I do know I've worked with democrats and republicans. And they really want to do well on behalf of children and students. They're not against building the next economy," Alexander said.
Wednesday the LSU Faculty Senate said it does not support Alexander's hire citing lower graduation rates at his current university and his lack of classroom experience.
"My job is to make sure they have the resources to do what they do best, and that's to teach for chemistry, to teach biology, to teach mechanical engineering, to do all the things that they do well up to this point," Alexander said.
Faculty members have their chance to question Alexander Friday morning in a similar setting.
The LSU Board of Supervisors votes on his nomination Wednesday.