SU Board selects new chancellor
BATON ROUGE -Southern University's Board of Supervisors voted Dr. James Llorens in as the new chancellor of Southern University Friday morning, but it wasn't without a fight.
President Dr. Ronald Mason told the board he needed more time.
"We want to make sure our impressions from the interviews are right or wrong before we make a recommendation," Mason said.
But board member Tony Clayton didn't like that idea. He motioned to select Llorens as the new chancellor.
"We came here for a chancellor. The people are expecting a chancellor, and the state and Southern University deserve a chancellor," Clayton said, adding that the agenda included a vote on a name, not a vote by the board to offer Mason more time to decide.
Within moments, 11 members voted in favor of Llorens, three against and one abstained.
Llorens said his first issues of focus will be the budget and retaining students.
"I pledge to you that I will serve with every fiber of my being and my heart to make this the best campus that we can have," Llorens said.
Llorens has served as Dean of Graduate Studies in the past, as well as chair of the Political Science Department. Right now, he works for Mayor Kip Holden's office.
Southern has not selected a salary or a start date for Llorens.