New president to help LSU students move in Thursday
When students arrive on the LSU campus Thursday morning to move into the university’s residence halls, among those on hand to help them will be new president and chancellor F. King Alexander. He’ll be making the rounds to the university’s dorms in an effort to meet parents and students and make them feel welcome. “We always did it at Long Beach,” says Alexander, whose last position was as president of California State University in Long Beach. “We don’t want it just to be a hot, miserable day for them. We want to make it special.” To that end, LSU’s some 200 student-athletes will also roll up their sleeves and help out with the heavy lifting. That includes members of the Tiger football, baseball and basketball teams. “We wanted them to be a part of this so our students and parents can feel a sense of community,” he says. Since arriving at LSU in June, Alexander has made a point of meeting with students, faculty, administrators and officials at all LSU campuses and institutions in an effort to stress the new, consolidated and unified direction in which the university will be going under his leadership. —Stephanie Riegel
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