Southern University is delaying its president candidate interviews until next week in anticipation of new applicants and concerns about the state’s spending freeze on travel, university officials said Monday.
The interviews were scheduled for today.
Southern Board of Supervisors Chairman Tony Clayton said he still have a new system president selected by the end of April.
Interviews are now scheduled for all day April 13 on campus.
Five candidates have made have been advanced to the interview stage. Clayton said he expects at least three more to join the field by then. He declined to give names.
The five candidates scheduled for interviews are:
Carolyn Meyers, outgoing president of Norfolk State University in Virginia. Leonard Haynes III, senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. Robert Jennings, former president of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. Marvin Yates, Southeastern Louisiana University vice president for student affairs. Yates is a former Southern University chancellor, and Haynes was a Southern executive in the 1980s who has previously applied for the president position.
Ironically, the delay could end up costing Southern more money because of short notice in canceling or postponing travel plans.
Search committee co-chair Murphy Bell emphasized that no one else has officially applied, except for Southern professor and former agriculture dean Leroy Davis. Bell said it is not decided if Davis will be interviewed.
Southern University System spokeswoman Katara Williams also confirmed, “they’re still talking to people. There are some more people who may potentially apply.”
The Southern University System oversees three academic campuses, a law school and an agricultural center.
Kassie Freeman, who has not applied, is serving as interim president.