Retiring U of Louisiana Leader: Cuts Harm Focus On Performance

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The retiring president of the University of Louisiana System said higher education's ongoing budget woes will make it harder to attract his replacement and were among the reasons he decided to leave the job.

Randy Moffett, whose last day was Friday after four years in the leadership role, said the cuts complicated efforts of the state's largest university system to maintain a focus on increased performance.

"It is extremely difficult to deal with the financial demise of an enterprise that you personally — and many other people — have worked diligently to increase the quality of and to improve the conditions for students and faculty. It wears on you. It makes you question whether you're doing the right things," Moffett, 65, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Despite the problematic financial picture, Moffett said he's optimistic the UL System will attract a quality leader looking for a challenge.

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