LSU considers addition consolidation proposals

Associated Press Published: October 31, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Board of Supervisors is considering recommendations to reorganize the LSU System under the flagship campus in Baton Rouge and could vote as soon as Friday on the ideas.

The meeting comes one week after the board unexpectedly merged the system president and Baton Rouge chancellor positions.

Ideas for restructuring come from a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm hired by the university's governing board. The Association of Governing Boards proposes LSU should ditch its current model of autonomous campuses for a consolidated "flagship system."

LSU board chairman Hank Danos said the panel could decide Friday whether to follow some of AGB's recommendations, but those still leave lots of details to be worked out.

"I very much support the concept that AGB presented and that LSU can be better served by a more unified, organizational structure," Danos told The Associated Press.

He said he expects the board will ask LSU System President William Jenkins to form a task force to wade through the details of reorganization. He doesn't expect a timeline for restructuring.

"We need to be deliberate and thoughtful in taking the right steps," Danos said.

The current LSU System is made up of the flagship campus in Baton Rouge; the LSU Law Center and LSU Agricultural Center, which are next to the main campus; LSU Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport; 10 public hospitals and dozens of clinics across the state; and academic campuses in Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport.

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