Chancellor of embattled New Orleans university to step down
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chancellor of a New Orleans university is stepping down, months after the institution was placed on probation by its accreditor and a federal fraud investigation was launched into another administrator.
The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported Tuesday that the board of the Southern University at New Orleans approved Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin's departure.
She'll be replaced in January by the system's executive vice president. Mims-Devezin told the newspaper she's letting her contract expire - she didn't resign or get fired. She'll return as a faculty member.
The university is facing multiple public controversies. This summer its accreditors gave it two years to fix financial management issues or face losing accreditation. Shortly after, it was revealed that top administrator and state Sen. Wesley Bishop had been accused of payroll abuse.