Mann to step down as director of Reilly Center at LSU in December
Political columnist Robert Mann is stepping down as director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications in December to return to full-time teaching and writing. Mann tells Daily Report his desire for more daily contact with students and the need for more time to focus on his various writing projects—including several books, a political column for NOLA.com and his blog, "Something Like the Truth," motivated his decision. "I really do enjoy the job, but I am really more passionate about writing and research," Mann says. As director, Mann typically taught just one senior-level course per semester, which he says inhibited his ability to get to know students and guide them through their careers. "I couldn't do both," he says. "I had to choose the part of the job that excited me the most, and that is the daily contact with students in the classroom." Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School, says he notified faculty over the summer of Mann's decision and invited applications, of which he has received several. He has interviewed a number of candidates and anticipates naming a new director within the next week. —Gabrielle Braud
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