…and so today’s news that he’s taking the job at Oregon State as its new president is quite fitting.
LSU President King Alexander could be named president of Oregon State University Friday after seven years at Louisiana’s flagship university.
Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will make the announcement during a special board meeting noon central time Friday at OSU’s Memorial Union Horizon Room in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public.
USA Today Network is seeking comment from Alexander.
Two sources with direct knowledge of the process, among them a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, told USA Today Network Alexander informed them he expected to be the choice.
Getting rid of Alexander, who for the last six years has been LSU’s president and under whose leadership the university has stagnated while conducting a war on the Greek system, stocking its faculty with an abundance of leftist ideologues and haranguing legislators for tax increases to support larger budgets, makes this one of the better weeks in the history of the Ole War Skule. After yesterday’s college football awards, which LSU virtually swept with Ed Orgeron, Joe Brady, Joe Burrow, Ja’marr Chase and Grant Delpit all taking home hardware (Burrow is all but certain to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday as well), fans and supporters of the university can’t really ask for more.
We’re told it’s all but certain that Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will take over for Alexander, as the LSU system president job is the one Dardenne has wanted for years. Dardenne has influential Baton Rouge businessman and former Louisiana Board of Regents chairman Richard Lipsey, who publicly campaigned for the end of athletic director Joe Alleva’s tenure as well as Alexander’s ouster, as his benefactor; the two have a long-standing connection, and he also has the backing of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and several key members of the LSU Board of Supervisors for the position, according to our sources.
Dardenne, whom Wikipedia hilariously dubs a “Rockefeller Republican,” might actually be the best LSU can get for the job under current circumstances, though his hiring will likely be poorly received by LSU’s faculty seeing as though tradition dictates the position requires a PhD. There is a recent pattern afoot in which state universities are starting to hire people outside of the academic world for top management, given that it’s very difficult to find non-ideological leftists in college faculty and administration and the nuts and bolts of running operations involving hundreds of millions of dollars don’t typically fall within the skill sets of the academic Left crowd. In that respect Dardenne could be useful in reining in some of what F. King Alexander has let get out of hand at LSU.
But that’s for next year. For now, it appears to be a done deal that Oregon State is taking the F. King Alexander problem off LSU’s hands, and that’s great news heading into the weekend.