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University of New Orleans chancellor steps down

4 years ago September 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010 Thursday, September 16 2010 Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:15:40 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

UPDATE:  The chancellor of the University of New Orleans said Thursday that he was relieved of his duties by the LSU system, which runs UNO.

Timothy Ryan said LSU system president John Lombardi summoned him to the system's flagship Baton Rouge campus and told him Thursday morning that he was being relieved but would not give him specific reasons.

He said the system has been increasingly micromanaging UNO, and he believes he was ordered to step down because "I would not let UNO be run as a branch campus of LSU-Baton Rouge."

An LSU statement said Ryan had resigned, effective immediately, and a committee led by LSU system staffers will run UNO.

That leaves the university without any strong internal voice as the LSU system makes budget cuts, Ryan said. "There could be no worse time to make this kind of change in leadership."

Students and faculty lined the hallway of the UNO administration building and applauded Ryan as he walked into the news conference.

Although LSU's announcement said Ryan would return as a tenured professor in the UNO College of Business after a six-month sabbatical, Ryan said he isn't sure what he will do after he finishes teaching a class this semester.

Edward Chervenak, an assistant professor of political science, said he was shocked. He said that, at a Wednesday meeting led by Ryan, he didn't get any indication that Ryan was going anywhere.

UNO was founded in 1958 as a branch campus of LSU, and was called LSU-New Orleans. The name was changed to University of New Orleans in 1974.

LSU also has four-year campuses in Shreveport and Alexandria, though both operate under the LSU name.

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