The LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to install F. King Alexander as LSU’s system president.
Alexander thanked the board for having confidence in him and said he was “pleased and humbled” for the opportunity to lead LSU.
The vote was mostly a formality after the board named Alexander its sole finalist for the position late last week. He is expected to leave his job as president of California State University at Long Beach for Baton Rouge in early July.
Board members said Alexander will get roughly the same $601,000 annual pay package his predecessor John Lombardi received.
He will take over a system in transition as the LSU board works to reorganize its autonomous network of academic campuses, law school, agricultural center, biomedical research center, hospitals and clinics under the Baton Rouge campus.
LSU, Alexander said, is “perfectly in position to become a national model for what higher education is going to look like in 10 years.”
He also talked about updating and redefining what it means to be a land grant university — the institutions created when federally controlled lands were handed over to the states 151 years ago. The states were responsible for building schools focused on agriculture, science and engineering as a response to the industrial revolution.
Alexander said he’s interested in shaping how land grant universities like LSU can evolve to serve the public over the next 50 years.