Southern names new acting chancellor
BATON ROUGE - Southern University has an interim chancellor for the Baton Rouge campus, after James Llorens wasn't renewed. The university board voted to appoint Flandus McClinton, Jr. as the acting chancellor at the Baton Rouge campus.
McClinton has spent a career dealing with finance and will continue with financial issues facing Southern.
"One of the main things is finance (at Southern)," McClinton said. "I worked finance last 15 years as vice chancellor.."
McClinton listed what he sees as priorities for the university including balancing the budget, recruiting, retention and graduation rates.
But McClinton is an accountant by trade, and some faculty members object to him being named acting chancellor.
"Let me just say bluntly, I am not sure he has the academic background required to run campus," said Dr. Thomas Miller, professor at Southern.
Concerns are also that McClinton may be saddled with too much work, serving as top man of two major roles, since he's also a vice president of the campus.
"How you expect the same person to be acting chancellor and Vice President of Finance, in these difficult times, I just don't see it," Miller said.
Llorens' contract was not renewed, but he stayed on until the interim chancellor was named today.