June of 2012
LSU Board of Supervisors commissions Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) to review the structure, function and potential of its System.
AGB identifies a team of three consultants to conduct the review. AGB interviews some 75 individuals, including:
- All but one member of the Board of Supervisors
- Leadership of the system office
- All chancellors
- Councils of faculty and staff, with a separate interview with the chair of the faculty council (also president of the LSU faculty senate)
- Heads of institutional foundations
- Presidents of student government associations
- Leadership of the LSU Shreveport alumni association
- Director of the LSU Lab School
- The commissioner of higher education
- Leadership of the “flagship coalition”
Reviews are conducted of the structure and performance criteria of other systems around the country for comparisons, and the many statistics and reports on the system’s web site are analyzed. Some additional research is compiled as well.
August 18, 2012 – LSU Board of Supervisors Retreat
Board discusses the AGB Report: “Scenario Analysis – from the perspective of 2022”
AGB presents three scenarios for potential reorganization of the LSU System, presented as if they were being read in 2022.
- The wisdom, potential and timeliness of the current model: Continuation on the positive trajectory the system has assumed in recent years, with the system playing a greater leadership role. System president and LSU chancellor remain separate.
- Natural evolution: Appointment of one individual as both president of the system and chancellor of the flagship, charged in each role and form separate institutional perspectives, with furthering best collaborations and/or consolidation among member institutions.
- Seizing the opportunity: Consolidation of all current campuses into a single flagship, led by a newly charged president, with appropriately reworked governance documents, conflict of interest statements, human resource regulations and procedures, accounting systems, and software, all with necessary approvals.
Of the three scenarios offered and discussed with AGB representatives, board members resonate to a scenario that describes a newly conceptualized LSU, one in which the LSU System is transformed into a single flagship institution with multiple campuses.
September 7, 2012 – LSU Board of Supervisors meeting
Board receives the August 30, 2012 AGB Report: “Assessment of the System’s Structure, Function, and Potential”
AGB presents a final report based on its interviews.
The report falls into five sections:
- Institutional membership and leadership
- System work and function
- Board of Supervisors
After reviewing the report and discussing the scenarios, the Board passes a resolution to engage the AGB to provide additional research and information addressing aspects of the August 30th option for an integrated university drawing upon the structures and practices of multi-campus flagship universities.
October 26, 2012 – LSU Board of Supervisors meeting
Board receives the October 25, 2012 AGB Report: “A Newly Aligned Louisiana State University, Globally Competitive for the 21st Century.”
The report – a fleshed-out version of the third scenario presented in the August 18 report, and prepared for the consideration, review, and ultimate decisions of the Board of Supervisors – falls into eight sections:
- A summary of the key features of a new LSU
- A summary list of its advantages
- A full list of the advantages of a restructured and realigned LSU
- A set of principles on which the new LSU rests
- The administrative structure: An annotated organization chart of the realigned university
- Consideration of numerous individual issues associated with the integration for the years ahead
- A set of tasks to be accomplished, assuming that the Board of Supervisors resolves to move toward this model
- One example of a possible organizational chart
The Board votes to consolidate the positions of President of the LSU System and Chancellor of LSU into one position, President of LSU.
November 2, 2012 – Special Meeting of LSU Board of Supervisors
Board votes to adopt six guiding goals and principles on which it will base its decisions regarding the realignment and reorganization of the LSU System.
The Board also authorizes LSU Interim President William Jenkins to appoint a Transition Advisory Team to study all aspects of the reorganization and make recommendations to board members for how the process should move forward. The team will appoint and lead sub-teams composed of campus representatives and subject matter experts to determine the best ways to accomplish the goal of reorganizing LSU while holding true to the guiding goals and principles.
November-December of 2012 -Town Hall meetings
Dr. William Jenkins, Interim President/Chancellor, hosts a series of Town Hall Meetings at each campus in the LSU System to discuss the purpose and beginnings of the System reorganization and to receive input from faculty, staff and students.
November 19 – LSU-Alexandria
November 20 – LSU Law Center
November 26 – LSU-Eunice
November 29 – LSU
November 30 – LSU Health Science Center-New Orleans
December 3 – Pennington
December 3 – LSU AgCenter
December 4 – LSU AgCenter Research Station-Crowley
December 11 – LSU Health Science Center-Shreveport
December 11 – LSU-Shreveport
December 7, 2012 – LSU Board of Supervisors meeting
Board approves appointment of Transition Advisory Team, formed to serve as an information gathering group to advise and make recommendations to the Board on the reorganization process.
Board reaffirms consolidation of the positions of President of the LSU System and Chancellor of LSU into one position, President of LSU, effective with the hiring of the new president.
January 8, 2013 – First Transition Advisory Team Meeting
Transition Advisory Team holds its first meeting to receive information about its role, expectations, and timeline from LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Danos and Interim LSU System President and LSU Chancellor William Jenkins. The meeting serves to launch LSU2015, a process designed to investigate best practices and develop recommendations for a vision and roadmap, which will be shared with the LSU Board as they transform LSU to remain competitive and excel in the rapidly changing environment of higher education.
January 27, 2013 – Members of Sub-committees Announced
More than 60 individuals are invited to participate on five sub-committees designed to generate information in specific areas of focus. Each sub-committee will meet no less than three times in order to produce reports to LSU’s Transition Advisory Team which will assess the information and provide input to the LSU Board which holds all authority for the reorganization of the System. In some cases, expert testimony will be enlisted in the areas of focus to provide additional input to the sub-committees.
February 8, 2013 – Second Transition Advisory Team Meeting – Immersion Meeting
Transition Advisory Team holds day-long meeting to discuss elements of a vision and basic tenets for LSU, which will form the foundation of the team’s first report to the Board of Supervisors in March. Discussion focuses on common themes that institutions across the country are facing, including unsustainable cost trends, growing and changing consumer demands, and rapidly emerging technologies. Stan Ikenberry, former president of the University of Illinois and of the American Council of Education, provides insight into other universities’ efforts to prepare for the future with his discussion, “Best Practices in Higher Education Transformation.”
February 19, 2013 – Third Transition Advisory Team Meeting
Transition Advisory Team holds third meeting, this one focused on the academic and research elements of the university, which are two parts of the three-fold mission of LSU, with the third being public service. The Team hears a presentation from a panel of internal subject matter experts to provide a better understanding of the academic and research missions of the university, including Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, who discusses the role of humanities in higher education; Thomas Klei, Boyd Professor and interim vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU, who discusses excellence in the research mission of higher education; and Stuart Bell, LSU executive vice president and provost, who discusses excellence in the academic mission of higher education.
March 5, 2013 – Fourth Transition Advisory Team Meeting
The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee speaks via Skype to the Transition Advisory Team about how The OSU System is organized and his efforts in restructuring the System some years ago. In his talk, Gee references the financial deficit in this country, the student debt crisis and the fact that states are limited in their resources as factors that have impacted our society in general and higher education in particular. “The world has changed dramatically and I do not believe the world will go back to the way that it was,” Gee says.
April 16, 2013 – Fifth Transition Advisory Team Meeting
The Transition Advisory Team hears from Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, and Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, as well as reports from the Sub-Committees. Isaacson addresses the team on “The Future of Higher Education and Technology,” saying it’s a time for necessary and radical change for higher education. Moret follows with a discussion on the central role of higher education in the economic development of Louisiana. LSU president designate F. King Alexander meets with the team for the first time.