SU announces three finalists for chancellor-president post
BATON ROUGE - The search committee overseeing the process of selecting the new chancellor-president of both Southern University in Baton Rouge and the Southern University System announced finalists for the combined position Thursday evening.
System President Ronald Mason's contract expires June 30, and the Baton Rouge campus has been without a permanent chancellor since last year's ousting of James Llorens.
The panel promised to have three finalists for the post by June and hopes to make its pick by July 1.
In a news release, SU announced the 15-member search team narrowed the list of candidates to Ray Belton, Barrett Hatches and Ivory Toldson.
Belton is the chancellor of Southern University Shreveport, Hatches is the president/CEO of the Chicago Family Heath Center and Toldson is the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the U.S. Department of Education.
Earlier this year, the Southern University System Board of Supervisors voted to combine the president and chancellor jobs - a streamlining and cost-cutting move that members hope will show state lawmakers that they are committed to being more efficient.
"The future of this historic university system will be in accomplished hands with either of the finalists vetted through the process," said Albert Sam, chairman of the search committee.
The finalists will be invited to Southern University Baton Rouge Thursday, June 11 for interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders. The SU Board of Supervisors will interview the finalists during its regular meeting Friday, June 12.
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