"This is an exciting period at a difficult time for higher education," Alexander said. "LSU is positioned better than many public universities in the United States to lead the Land Grant mission into the next 50 years. LSU has developed a great reputation due to the work of its faculty and staff and the quality of its students, and I would be honored to be part of that cohesive team as it moves into the future."
The Board received the recommendation but did not take action, and is expecting to consider the candidate at a special meeting on March 27.
"Our goal was to find a candidate that understands the traditions and practices of higher learning, but also embraces the changing market place and is willing to lead our great university through those changes," said R. Blake Chatelain, chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. "We are looking for a proven professional who is a collaborative leader, a great listener and an optimist about the future of LSU. We think we have found that individual."
Alexander is expected to visit LSU later this week, where the community from all campuses will have a chance to hear from him and can learn more about him.
"King Alexander has the skills and experience to lead LSU at this time in our history," said Hank Danos, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors. "He is committed to upholding our great traditions and equally committed to continuing our transition to excellence for the present and the future."