BATON ROUGE – John Crain, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as the University’s Interim President. The Executive Committee of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System approved Crain’s appointment today upon the recommendation of UL System President Randy Moffett.
“I have thought extensively about my recommendation for this appointment and for me, the logical choice is Dr. John Crain,” said Moffett during today’s meeting. “Having worked with him closely in my capacity as Southeastern’s President, I have full confidence that Dr. Crain will bring continuity and stability to the campus while the Board conducts a national search.”
Crain has served as Provost for the past seven years. His 21 years of extensive and multi-faceted experience on the Hammond campus includes Head of the Department of Accounting, Chair of the Council of Department Heads, President of the Faculty Senate, Director of the Small Business Development Center, and 13 years as a full-time faculty member.
“I appreciate the confidence of the Board and the System President in asking me to serve Southeastern in this capacity during this important transition period. Southeastern has wonderful faculty and staff who are committed, as am I, to the continued success of our great institution. It has been a privilege to work with them during my years at Southeastern as a member of the faculty and administration, and it is an honor to be asked to continue working with them in this interim capacity,” said Crain.
Crain’s appointment is effective immediately at a salary rate of $227,945.
In related business, the Board Executive Committee gave President Moffett and the UL System staff authority to hire a consultant to conduct an Institutional Review of Southeastern as well as develop a Request for Proposals for a national search firm. Next steps regarding a search for Southeastern Louisiana University’s President will be addressed by the Board at its Aug. 29 meeting in Baton Rouge.