New McNeese President to be Selected at Special Board Meeting Friday

UL System Business Meeting Moved to Thursday

BATON ROUGE – Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System will interview two finalists for the position of President of McNeese State University. Following public interviews of Philip Williams then Jeanne Daboval, it is expected the Board will select the university’s sixth president. A third finalist, Linda Rinker, withdrew her candidacy Monday afternoon.

WHAT: Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System

WHEN: 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 23, 2010

WHERE: Room 100 of the Claiborne Building, 1201 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

To accommodate the special meeting of the board, the regularly scheduled board business meeting was moved to Thursday, April 22, 2010. Agendas for both Thursday’s business meeting and Friday’s special meeting can be found at, mouse over “Board of Supervisors,” and then click on “Board Meetings.”

Daboval, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at McNeese, and Williams, President of the University of Montevallo, were two of four semi-finalists who went through an intense round of on-campus meetings with students, faculty, staff and community members, as well as public interviews with the McNeese Presidential Search Committee last week. Their interviews can be viewed at

In January, McNeese’s fifth president, Robert Hebert, announced his decision to retire after 23 years as president effective June 30.

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.

For more information about the McNeese Presidential Search, visit To submit comments about the search, email


EIGHT UNIVERSITIES STRONG: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in the state, 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.