The LSU Board of Supervisors search committee has narrowed the field of candidates for President of the LSU system. The finalists will be interviewed by the search committee via zoom on Monday and Tuesday. The field will be trimmed again and in-person interviews will then be conducted before the LSU Board of Supervisors votes to offer the job to one candidate. The Parker Executive Search firm of Atlanta contacted more than 500 people to determine the best possible candidates available across the nation. 23 candidates have officially submitted all of the paperwork to be considered for this position.

Here are the final 8 candidates for the post:

Laurence Alexander, J.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chancellor University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Ronald (Ron) Clark, M.A. Major General & Chief of Staff United States Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii United States Army

Jay Dardenne, J.D. Commissioner Division of Administration State of Louisiana

Kelvin Droegemeier, Ph.D. Former Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) (2021) United States Federal Government

James (Jim) Henderson, D.M. System President and Chief Executive Officer University of Louisiana System

Rustin M. Moore, DVM, Ph.D. Professor and Dean College of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University

Mary Ann Rankin, Ph.D. Professor and Former Senior Vice President and Provost (2021) University of Maryland, College Park

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jeffrey (Jeff) Talley, Ph.D. President & CEO The P3i Group, LLC

Here are the other candidates who also applied for the post:

James Anderson, Ph.D. Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (2020) Office of the Secretary of Defense U.S. Department of Defense

David Blackwell, Ph.D. Professor and Outgoing Provost (June 2021) University of Kentucky

Ronald (Ron) Clark, M.A. Major General & Chief of Staff United States Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii United States Army

Wenbin Deng, Ph.D. Professor and Founding Dean School of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Sun Yat-sen University

Charalabos (Haris) Doumanidis, Ph.D. Deputy Provost University College Dublin

Daniel Fogel, Ph.D Professor and Former Chair (2020) English University of Vermont

Leroy Hamilton, Jr., Ed.D. Special Assistant to the President Norfolk State University

Larry (Chip) Hunter, Ph.D. Professor and Dean Carson College of Business Washington State University

Alexander Lowry, M.B.A. Executive Director, Career and Connection Institute Gordon College

Christopher (Chris) Lynch, Ph.D. Professor and Dean Bourns College of Engineering University of California, Riverside

William (Bill) Payne, Ph.D. Professor and Dean College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources University of Nevada

Magesh Rajan, Ph.D. Vice President for Research and Innovation Prairie View A&M University

Margaret Waid, Ph.D. President The Waid Group, Inc.

Andre-Denis Wright, Ph.D. Endowed Dean College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University

Amar Zireg, B.A. General Manager Goldor

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