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Southern continues search for new leader

2 years 2 months 1 week ago March 14, 2015 Mar 14, 2015 Saturday, March 14 2015 March 14, 2015 1:00 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - Southern University has revived its stalled search for a new leader.

Sources say officials expressed optimism at the new search committee's first meeting: They will find the right leader, despite the financial struggles the historically black university system has faced in recent years. They are looking for someone to serve as president and chancellor, now that the board has merged the jobs.

The SU system oversees campuses in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and New Orleans, in addition to a law school and agriculture center.

The Southern board voted not to extend current system President Ronald Mason's contract, which expires June 30.

The Baton Rouge campus has been without a permanent chancellor since the ouster of James Llorens last year.

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