BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss, or even vote, Friday on a proposal to reorganize the LSU System under the flagship campus in Baton Rouge.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/Q63vmx ) the meeting is scheduled just one week after the board merged the system president and Baton Rouge chancellor positions.
The Association of Governing Boards consulting group out of Washington, D.C., recently proposed LSU ditch its current model of separate and autonomous campuses in favor of a consolidated "flagship system."
The current LSU System is made up of the main LSU campus in Baton Rouge; the LSU Law Center and LSU Agricultural Center, which sit adjacent to the main campus; LSU Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport; 10 public hospitals and more than a dozen clinics across the state; and academic campuses in Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport.
The different units act, more or less, on their own.
Under the AGB proposal, 14 vice presidents, who'd be responsible for everything from communications to health care delivery, would report to five executive vice presidents including a senior executive vice president and provost with primary responsibility for the main campus and all academic matters.
The executive vice presidents would report to the newly created president, who reports to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss said he was "very concerned" with the perceived loss of autonomy and flexibility the law school would have if the LSU board were to adopt the proposal verbatim.
LSU at Eunice Chancellor Bill Nunez welcomed a more tight-knit LSU on Monday, saying his school can benefit politically and academically by sharing resources with other campuses.
LSU Agricultural Center Chancellor Bill Richardson said he is "overall pleased" by the AGB's proposal which largely leaves his institution unchanged.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com