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CSU Long Beach President F. King Alexander Selected
As New President-Chancellor Of Louisiana State University

By Tiffany Rider - Senior Writer

March 27, 2013 - Louisiana State University's (LSU) Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this morning to appoint F. King Alexander, current president of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), as the university's new president-chancellor. He will remain president of CSULB through June.

As reported by the Business Journal last week, Alexander was recommended by a special committee of the LSU Board as the prevailing candidate to lead the university. In an announcement issued by CSULB this morning, Alexander made the following statement:

“My tenure as president of Cal State Long Beach has prepared me to assume the role as the head of the Louisiana State University system. The challenges facing LSU are similar to those in California and elsewhere. Universities throughout the nation are struggling to serve more students while managing declining state revenues.

"At the same time, leaders in the field of higher education know the burden is on us to demonstrate that the public’s money is well spent. We also know it’s time to begin the process of modernizing our institutions so we may accommodate the next generation of tech savvy students who are in the elementary and secondary pipeline and soon will be seeking college degrees.”

 

California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White and his board of trustees will appoint an interim president upon Alexander's departure, at which time a national search for a permanent replacement will begin.