Southern University System suspends leader search
NEW ORLEANS - The board supervising the Southern University System is suspending its search for a new president until January.
On Friday, the board - meeting in New Orleans - voted 10-4 to suspend the search amid concerns over the short timeline for finding a new leader. The search will resume Jan. 9.
Several board members' terms expire at the end of the year. The governor could reappoint them, as has been done in the past, or there could be new board members with the new year.
In August the board voted 9-4 against offering Ronald Mason, the current president, a one-year contract extension. His contract expires June 30, 2015, but the faculty senate and one board member have asked the polarizing president to resign.