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SU System announces search committee for SUNO chancellor - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A search committee comprised of a diverse group of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and stakeholders will screen and recommend final candidates for the position of chancellor for Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO).

The SUNO Search Committee will assist the Southern University (SU) System with selecting a replacement for Victor Ukpolo who steps down June 30, 2016. Lisa Mims-Devezin, dean of the SUNO College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as interim chancellor.

The 17-member search team will be co-chaired by Charles Rice, CEO of Entergy New Orleans, and Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor for community outreach and University advancement, SUNO. 

The Southern University at New Orleans Chancellor Search Committee includes, from SUNO:  Louis Blackmon, president, Student Government Association; Suzette Ermler, graduate student-social work; Beverly Favre, former dean (retired), School of Social Work; Donna Grant, vice chancellor for student affairs; Leatrice Latimore, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management; Pamela Marshall, chair, Department of Forensic Science; Frank Martin, chair, Department of Business Administration; Chester Mills, professor, Department of English and Faculty Senate president; Moultrie; Hazel Pitts, assistant to the vice chancellor for administration and finance; and Igwe Udeh, dean, College of Business and Public Administration.

Other members of the SUNO Chancellor Search team include SUNO alumni:  Bessie Vaughn, president, SUNO Alumni Association; and Frank Williams, SUNO Foundation. Business and community representatives are:  Gretchen Bradford, president, Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association; Ben Johnson, president and CEO, New Orleans Chamber; and Rice.

SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton will serve ex-officio.

"Each member of the committee brings a wealth of expertise that will aid the committee in its recruitment and evaluation of candidates towards the aim of filling this very important position,Ē said Belton.

The SUNO Chancellor Search Committee is scheduled to meet for the first time Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 4 p.m., in the SUNO Conference Center, 6400 Press Drive.

About the Southern University System

The Southern University System was created in 1974 by constitutional mandate, which fashioned it into the nationís only historically black 1890 Land-Grant University System.  Presently, the System is composed of five institutions:  Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Baton Rouge (est. 1880), Southern University Law Center (est. 1947), Southern University at New Orleans (est. 1956), Southern University Shreveport (est. 1964), and the Southern University Cooperative Extension Program (est. 1972), which became the fifth component of the System in 2003 and is now named Southern University Agricultural, Research and Extension Center.

About Southern University New Orleans

Southern University at New Orleans, founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as a Southern Region Education Board (SREB) Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Masterís College and University I, and as a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the masterís degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs.