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Cal State Long Beach president finalist for LSU post

March 19, 2013 |  3:59 pm

Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander has been recommended to become the next president of Louisiana State University, Long Beach officials announced Tuesday.

A presidential search committee presented the recommendation this week to the LSU Board of Supervisors, which is expected to consider Alexander’s candidacy at a special meeting March 27. He was expected to visit the Baton Rouge campus later this week to meet with students, faculty and staff.

Alexander, 49, was attending a meeting of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Wednesday but did not want to comment ahead of the LSU board’s final vote.

Alexander was among a pool of 100 candidates that was narrowed to a list of 35, before emerging as the committee’s consensus finalist to succeed interim president William Jenkins.

“Our goal was to find a candidate that understands the tradition and practices of higher learning, but also embraces the changing market place and is willing to lead our great university through those changes,” R. Blake Chatelain, chairman of the search committee, said in a statement released by LSU. 

“We are looking for a proven professional who is a collaborative leader, a great listener and an optimist about the future of LSU. We think we have found that individual.”

If his candidacy is approved, he would lead both the 30,000-student LSU campus and the 10-institution LSU system, which includes several campuses, a law center, and research and health science centers. 

The position includes a salary of $550,000, as well as housing and a car allowance.

“This is an exciting period at a difficult time for higher education,” Alexander said in a statement. “LSU is positioned better than many public institutions in the United States to lead the Land Grant mission into the next 50 years.  LSU has developed a great reputation due to the work of its faculty and staff and the quality of its students and I would be honored to be a part of that cohesive team as it moves into the future.”

Alexander became president of the Long Beach campus in 2006. He previously was president of Murray State University. The Louisville, Ky., native received a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin.


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