By Robert Mann
The LSU Foundation hired its new CEO this week after a search that a foundation spokesperson said did not include a formal job announcement.
The Foundation announced Monday it had hired Stephen Moret, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s secretary of economic development, to serve as president and CEO.
“That’s correct,” Foundation spokesperson Sara Crow said, when asked if there was no formal advertisement for the position. “The Association of Governing Boards, which has worked closely with our Board of Directors over the past year, was engaged to assist in the search to identify qualified candidates.”
I wonder how long it took this Association of Governing Boards to discover the existence of Moret, one of the more prominent members of Jindal’s cabinet and a person known to have once been angling for the LSU president’s job?
It’s a good thing this Association of Governing Boards came to the rescue or it’s doubtful Moret’s existence and whereabouts could have been determined.
One question left unanswered by this week’s announcement about Moret’s hire is whether he will be promoted to a vice president’s position, which would oversee all of the LSU foundations.
“If the LSU Board of Supervisors ultimately creates the position of LSU vice president for university advancement,” Crow said, “Stephen will likely be considered a candidate to serve in that capacity. In regard to establishing such a position and approving an individual to serve in that capacity, I believe that would be a matter for the LSU Board of Supervisors to consider.”
Postscript: I spoke at length with LSU President F. King Alexander this afternoon. He says he has no plans to create a formal position of vice president for university advancement. However, he said, the various LSU-affiliated foundations will report to Moret.
In a separate email exchange, Alexander told me the following:
“The position was announced through the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and at their annual meeting in early January. It was funded entirely through the Foundation and an external consultant who has worked with improving the effectiveness and strategic direction of the Foundation was hired to encourage applicants throughout the country. Of the numerous people they identified, probably around 13, maybe only one or two were in a position to have their names released. They only would talk to us if it didn’t get back to their current institution. ”