Southern University working to fill 3 chancellor posts

The Southern University system is working to fill three chancellor openings.

Six semifinalists have been named in the search for a new Southern University at Shreveport chancellor, and search committees are working to find potential new leaders for Southern University’s Law Center and Agriculture Center.

Southern University President and Chancellor Ray Belton previously served as chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport. His promotion to head of the system and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus opened a position on the two-year campus in the northwest corner of the state.

On top of that, former Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher resigned from his position following a system leadership overhaul last year, and Leodrey Williams, the long-time leader of Southern University’s Agricultural Center, recently retired.

Nine people have applied to become chancellor of the law school, including Southern University Alumni Federation President Preston Castille Jr., and three administrators at the Law Center: interim Chancellor John K. Pierre, Vice Chancellor Russell Jones and Vice Chancellor Roederick C. White Sr.

Other applicants include state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry; Joan R. Bullock, associate dean for academic affairs at Florida A&M University College of Law; Monique M. Edwards, general counsel for Family First Medical Clinic and adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center; Washington-based lawyer and higher education consultant Alexander Daniel Hamilton VI; and Dallas Municipal Judge Jay Robinson. A 14-member committee led by Southern University Law Center alumnus Dwayne Murray will narrow the list to three semifinalists in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the six semifinalists to lead the Shreveport campus will be interviewed in Shreveport on Jan. 29.

On that slate are former Central Louisiana Technical and Community College Chancellor Rodney Ellis; Aubra Gantt, vice president for academic outreach and student services at Tarrant County College District in Texas; Northeast Texas Community College Vice President Johnny Moore; Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, school system Superintendent Elizabeth D. Swinford; Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing Dean Sandra Tucker; and Boyce Williams, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Learning Inc.

The Agricultural Center search committee has just begun taking applications.

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