Lombardi out as LSU System president; Jenkins likely in
The LSU Board of Supervisors is expected to announce the departure of system President John Lombardi during a meeting this afternoon. It is not known officially whether Lombardi will resign or be terminated, or if some type of "retirement" announcement will be made. While other media outlets have reported Lombardi will be "fired," several sources tell Daily Report the "situation is still fluid." The only fact that's certain right now is that there is an item on the board's agenda to discuss "presidential succession planning and action(s)." When asked to comment, system spokesman Charles Zewe would only say, "The agenda item speaks for itself." Depending on how the matter plays out, multiple sources indicate former system President Bill Jenkins will likely be named as an interim replacement. Lombardi left his job as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst to take over as system president in July 2007. Six months later, LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe resigned, apparently under pressure; an official reason wasn't announced, although some insiders speculated O'Keefe's disagreements with Lombardi were at least partly responsible for his ouster. Lombardi has been controversial at times, sometimes ruffling feathers with a management style perceived as abrasive. The structure of the LSU System has been a hot topic lately, with some prominent LSU supporters promoting the idea of consolidating the positions of president and chancellor and reorganizing the system under the flagship campus.
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