Randy Moffett, president of the University of Louisiana System that oversees nine state colleges including the recently added University of New Orleans, announced today that he will retire in early fall. He had been president of the university system for four years.
A native of Jonesboro, Moffett became the seventh president of the UL system in 2008. His tenure has been marked by significant cuts in public financing of state colleges and universities as the Legislature struggled with annual budget shortfalls.
A news release announcing his retirement notes that the UL system, during Moffett's first year at its helm, completed a comprehensive economic and community impact study, partnerted with the Louisiana Department of Education to establish mentoring programs at all universities and established cost containment and efficiencies committee to streamline operations.
"It has been a privilege to serve the people of Louisiana and higher education," Moffett's announcement said. "Over the course of my career I have had opportunities to take positions out of theis state, but my heart has always kept me in Louisiana. While I will miss working with a tremendous board, tenacious university presidents, and talented staff, I am looking foward to spending more time with my family."