New U Of New Orleans President Aims To Restore Connections With Local Business Community

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Supervisors of the University of Louisiana system on Friday named Peter Fos as the next president of the University of New Orleans. The board voted unanimously to select Fos, a UNO alumnus, after a final conversation with him and one other finalist, Michael A. Wartell, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Fos, 62, graduated from UNO in 1972, when it was still known as LSUNO. He became a dentist and practiced for 10 years in Metairie before switching to the life of an academic.

Fos applied for the UNO presidency from his position as director of health policy and system management at LSU Health Sciences Center. He earned a doctorate in health care decision analysis from Tulane University and held leadership positions at public universities in Nevada, Texas and Mississippi before coming to LSU.

In a public interview process in Baton Rouge, Fos praised the quality of the education dispensed at UNO as well as its research capabilities. He also said he saw no immediate need for upgrades of faculty or programs.

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