LSU supervisors fire Lombardi, appoint Jenkins interim system president
By a vote of 12-4 today, the LSU Board of Supervisors fired John Lombardi as LSU System president and placed him on administrative leave until his contract runs out at the end of the year. Former system President and LSU Chancellor Bill Jenkins was unanimously approved as interim system president. Poor relationships with Gov. Bobby Jindal's office, legislators and campus leaders were cited among the reasons by the board to fire the 69-year-old Lombardi, who was not present at the meeting. The four supervisors who voted against firing Lombardi were Jack Andonie, Tony Falterman, Laura Leach and Alvin Kimble. "The board's just doing what the governor and the flagship coalition tells them," Kimble said. But Stephen Perry, who voted in favor of Lombardi's firing, said, "This is probably the most apolitical decision any of us has ever made," which drew chuckles from faculty members in attendance. Perry quickly went on to add that Lombardi has not developed good relationships with political leadership. Lombardi supporters on the board claimed that they had not heard complaints about his leadership prior to this week. "No one told me how to think today," said board member Roderick West, who also voted in favor of the firing. "There is a crisis of confidence with the leadership." —David Jacobs
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