CABL head: No magic formula for higher ed
The recent firing of LSU System President John Lombardi, and now LSU flagship Chancellor Mike Martin's possible departure to the Colorado State University System, are sure to reignite the debate over the structure of the LSU System. Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, while stressing that CABL has not taken a position on reorganizing the system, says the idea may have merit. But he cautions that a different structure won't necessarily heal LSU's ills. "The thing about higher ed you have to keep in mind is, there's no right way or wrong way to do anything," Erwin says. "A lot of it has to do with how you implement it." Many higher education observers, including the business-backed Louisiana Flagship Coalition, have raised the possibility of consolidating the positions of chancellor and president, and essentially reorganizing the system with the flagship campus in the lead. The University of Florida system has a similar setup. Moving in that direction may benefit the flagship campus, Erwin says, although some entities, such as the LSU Law Center, may not feel the change is in their best interest; and the campuses in Shreveport, Alexandria and Eunice might risk being moved into other systems and losing the LSU brand. "In theory, almost any structure makes sense," says Kevin Cope, LSU faculty senate president. "It depends who is operating the structure." —David Jacobs
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