Several finalists in La. higher ed commissioner search
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's next commissioner of higher education likely will be named this week, after the state Board of Regents and other higher education leaders get a chance to interview three finalists for the job.
None of the three has emerged as a clear front-runner for the nearly $350,000-a-year position.
For any of them, the job would mean more responsibility: Louisiana's higher education commissioner oversees implementation of state-level policies, as well as coordination between Louisiana's college and university systems, which means 38 institutions, a $2.6 billion budget and more than 217,000 students.
The candidates, West Liberty University President Robin Capehart, Community College of Rhode Island President Raymond Di Pasquale and Joseph Rallo, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Texas Tech University System, will be interview Tuesday and Wednesday.
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