Regents Name Dr. Sally Clausen Next Commissioner of Higher Education – Feb 28, 2008
Lake Charles, LA – The Board of Regents today officially named University of Louisiana President Dr. Sally Clausen as the state’s next Commissioner of Higher Education. Dr. Clausen will succeed outgoing commissioner Dr. Joseph Savoie, who will assume the presidency of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette later this year. The board made its unanimous decision during its regular monthly meeting held at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
“We as a board are convinced that we have selected the person who best exemplifies the personal qualities and professional credentials necessary to be effective in this position from the very first day on the job,” said Board of Regents Chair Pat Strong. “Dr. Clausen is a highly competent, nationally-recognized, proven educational leader. She is also universally respected among legislators. As such, she is uniquely qualified to help us maintain the educational momentum that [outgoing commissioner] Dr. Savoie has overseen during his tenure. We look forward to working with her to make Louisiana’s public colleges and universities the best they can be.”
“I am honored that the Board of Regents has placed their confidence in me to lead Louisiana public higher education into a future that will demand excellence at every level from our colleges and universities,” Dr. Clausen said. “My focus will be to continue progress in the areas of workforce development, accountability, and expanding student access and success.”
Today’s decision paves the way for the Board of Regents to enter into final employment negotiations with Dr. Clausen. Details of the appointment, including salary and a timetable for Dr. Clausen’s transition into the job, are not yet finalized.