Southern University Board of Supervisors vote “no” on Llorens’ contract extension

After almost three hours in executive session the Southern University Board of Supervisors voted “no” on the extension of Chancellor James Llorens’ contract

The board voted 8-9 to not accept the one-year extension for Llorens.

Voting yes to extend Llorens contract were members: Tony Clayton, Ann Smith, Murphy Bell, Darren Mire, Myron Lawson, Calvin Braxton Sr., and student member Simone Bray.

Board members Eamon Kelly, Raymond Fondel, Mike Small, Chairwoman Bridget Dinvaut, Rev. Joe Gant, Walter Dumas and Willie Hendricks voted no, which effectively ended Llorens’ tenure as chancellor at Southern.

Motivations for board members’ decisions are still unclear.

Jerry Jones
Alumni Jerry Jones listens as supporters of Llorens address the board of supervisors. ” I took vacation time from work to make sure I could come and let the board know the mistake they would be making if they don’t extend Llorens’ contract,” said Jones

The contract proposed called for an additional year for Llorens, stipulating the following obligations be met: Increase enrollment, balance the university’s budget, meet the performance terms in the 2010 LA GRAD ACT, and resolve any issues with the NCAA and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting agency.

System President Ronald Mason said he would contact the personnel committee to begin a national search for the most qualified person to replace Llorens.

After the meeting, Chairwoman Dinvaut declined to comment, and said  her fellow board members were ordered to do the same.

Llorens’ last day as chancellor will be June 30th when his contract expires.