Public Encouraged to Attend Southeastern Presidential Search Interviews

The public is encouraged to attend interviews next week of the four semi-finalists vying to become Southeastern Louisiana University’s next president. The interviews will be part of a day-long series of meetings for each of the candidates that will take place on the Hammond campus starting Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

“This is an opportunity for the Southeastern community to hear how each of the four candidates stands on issues and their vision for the University. There will also be opportunities for the public to submit candidate questions to the committee,” said University of Louisiana System President and SLU Presidential Search Committee Chair Randy Moffett.

The Southeastern Alumni Center (500 W. University Avenue) will host all interviews with the search committee. The schedule of candidate interviews is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 9 – Michael D. Shonrock
  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 -Nick J. Bruno
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 – John L. Crain
  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 – Karen A. White

After the four days of interviews, the committee plans to convene at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13, to deliberate and recommend at least two candidates to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, who will make the final decision.

Voting members of the 10-member committee include UL System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, Elsie Burkhalter of Slidell, Russell Mosely of Baton Rouge, Wayne Parker of Ruston, Winfred Sibille of Sunset, and Student Board Member Morgan Verrette of Lake Charles. Also serving as a voting member is Southeastern Faculty Senate Representative Joseph Burns.

Serving in a non-voting, advisory capacity are Southeastern Student Government Association President Zealon Solomon and community representative Daryl Ferrara who was selected by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce. UL System President Randy Moffett serves as the non-voting chair.

With more than 15,000 students, Southeastern is Louisiana’s third largest public university. The university was recently named "a great college to work for" by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 1990, Southeastern has been one of the fastest growing universities in the state, with an enrollment growth that has exceeded the state average. At the same time, the university increased admission requirements and its regional and statewide profile. This fall, the percentage of incoming freshmen with an ACT of 24 or above increased 19 percent.

The university is a catalyst for economic development along I-12, playing a central role in workforce development, strategic partnerships, the generation and transfer of ideas and technology and enhancing the quality of life in communities throughout the region.

For more information about the Southeastern search, including candidate applications and an independent review of the Southeastern campus, visit the UL System’s website at and click on the Southeastern search icon. To submit questions or comments to the search committee, send an email to