Interviews Set for McNeese Presidential Semi-Finalists

Public Encouraged to Participate in On-Campus Meetings

BATON ROUGE – Next week will be an opportunity for the McNeese State University community to interact with four semi-finalists vying to become the university’s next president. Starting Monday, April 12, each candidate will participate in a full-day of meetings with constituency groups, including a public interview with the presidential search committee.

“This is a critical part of the presidential search process,” said University of Louisiana System President and McNeese Presidential Search Chair Randy Moffett. “In addition to the formal interview with the search committee, we will solicit feedback from the various groups meeting with each candidate. We encourage everyone with a vested interest in the future of this great university to participate as much as possible.”

The public is encouraged to attend the candidate interviews with the search committee, where there will be opportunities to ask questions. The open interviews, which will be held each day in Stokes Auditorium in Hardtner Hall on the McNeese campus, are scheduled as follows:

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 12 – Dr. David Svaldi
  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 – Dr. Jeanne Daboval
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14 – Dr. Linda K. Rinker
  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15 – Dr. Philip Williams

The format for the interviews will include opening and closing comments from the candidate, questions posed by the search committee, and questions posed by the public through UL System staff. Questions can be submitted in person via comment cards at each interview session or via email to

In addition to the public interviews, special meetings are scheduled between each candidate and campus deans, students, faculty, staff and community members.

At the end of the four days of meetings, the McNeese Presidential Search Committee will meet to select at least two candidates to recommend to the UL System Board. The search committee meeting will take place in Stokes Auditorium in Hardtner Hall at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 16.

The 13-member search committee is comprised of UL System Board Members Paul Aucoin, Elsie Burkhalter, E. Gerald Hebert, Renee Lapeyrolerie, Jimmy Long, Sr., Russell Mosely, Carl Shetler, Winfred Sibille, Student Board Member Steven Jackson and McNeese faculty representative Linda Larson. Non-voting members are McNeese Student Government Association President Tim Rye and community representative Bob Davidson. UL System President Randy Moffett serves as the non-voting chair.

For more information about the McNeese Presidential Search including candidate applications, visit

Established in 1939, McNeese is classified as a Carnegie Master’s University. The University enrolls over 8,600 students and primarily serves the five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.


EIGHT UNIVERSITIES STRONG: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in Louisiana, enrolling almost 82,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.