UNO Institutional Review Consultants on Campus Next Week

Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Encouraged to Attend Public Forum


NEW ORLEANS – Outside consultants hired to gauge the health of the University of New Orleans will be on campus next week meeting with various constituencies and holding a public forum to gather input for an institutional review.  The purpose of the review, which is estimated to be completed in late October, is to identify opportunities and challenges that will aid UNO’s next leader.


WHAT: UNO Institutional Review Public Forum

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

WHERE: Homer Hitt Alumni Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans


The University of Louisiana System, which is simultaneously conducting UNO’s presidential search, engaged the services of three consultants to conduct a rigorous review of the New Orleans public research university.  They are:


  • Gary Reichard, former executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the California State University System, who will serve as the Review Team Leader;
  • Robert Lovitt, former vice president for finance and operations at Lamar University; and
  • Rodney D. Smith, chief administrative and university planning officer for Hampton University.

The consultants began their work in August reviewing various campus materials.  They have conducted phone interviews with selected individuals and will now spend four days on campus for face-to-face meetings and to hold the public forum.


UNO faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend the public forum.  “We want to ensure that everyone who cares about the future of this great institution has an opportunity to provide insight into UNO’s strengths, challenges and potential.  Help us to help you,” said UL System President Moffett.


It is important to note that the University of New Orleans is undergoing a governance transition from the LSU System to the UL System, which is anticipated to be complete upon approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) at its Dec. 3-6 meeting.


For more information about the UNO Presidential Search and Institutional Review visit



ABOUT UNO: The University of New Orleans is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy.   Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries.  Today UNO offers more than 60 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.


ABOUT THE UL SYSTEM: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in the state enrolling over 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.  With the addition of the University of New Orleans pending SACS-COC approval, the UL System’s enrollment will grow to about 94,000 students.