UNO Presidential Search Moves Forward

BATON ROUGE – The search for a new leader at the University of New Orleans is moving forward.  With seven early public applicants and multiple indications of interest through search consultants R. H. Perry and Associates, the committee will meet on Nov. 15 to review applications with an objective to pick semi-finalists.

WHAT: University of New Orleans Presidential Search Meeting

WHEN: 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

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

PURPOSE: Review applications and select semi-finalist candidates

“Candidates can apply for UNO’s top position either directly through the UL System office or through the search consultants.  R. H. Perry and Associates have indicated to us that there has been a good level of interest expressed in this position.  As we have seen with other university searches, we fully expect more applications over the next two weeks as well as an excellent pool of recommendations by the consultants,” said University of Louisiana System President and UNO Search Committee Chair Randy Moffett.

The seven early public applicants are listed below with the most recent highest degree earned and most recent employment positions noted:

  • Gary G. Altman , General Manager and Vice President of Business Development at Beckman Coulter. He earned a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Kwo-Sun Chu , former Senior Executive of Emerging Technology at Sowela Technical Community College. He earned a doctorate at Kent State University.
  • Felix L. James, Esq ., Owner/Partner of Emergency Management Application and Founder/Partner of Urbana International, LLC. He earned a doctorate at Rutgers School of Law.
  • William E. McHenry , Executive Director of the Mississippi e-Center and Professor of Chemistry at Jackson State University. He earned a doctorate at Mississippi State University.
  • Peter A. Perhac , President and Chief Executive Officer of the Steamboat Campus of Colorado Mountain College. He earned a doctorate at the University of San Francisco.
  • Colin G. Scanes , Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Biological Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He earned a doctorate at Hull University and the University of Wales.
  • Martin M. Shapiro , Professor of Marketing, Management and International Business at Berkely Colleges in New York and New Jersey. He earned a doctorate at New York University.

Candidate applications can be viewed on the UNO Search website at .  As additional public applications are received they will also be posted.

The tentative timeline calls for semi-finalist interviews on UNO’s campus the week of Nov. 30, finalist interviews and possible selection of a new president at the Dec. 8-9 UL System Board Meeting in Baton Rouge.

Voting members on the committee include UL System Board Members Paul Aucoin of Thibodaux, Andre Coudrain of Hammond, David Guidry of Harvey, E. Gerald Hebert of Kenner, Renee Lapeyrolerie of New Orleans, Student Member John Lombardo of Thibodaux, Jimmy Long, Sr. of Natchitoches, Board Vice Chair D. Wayne Parker of Choudrant and Board Chair Winfred Sibille of Sunset.  Also serving as a voting member is UNO faculty representative Neal Maroney, who was selected by the UNO University Senate’s Executive Committee.

Serving in a non-voting, advisory capacity are Brian Glorioso, Susan Hess, John Mineo, and Gary Solomon.  UL System President Randy Moffett serves as the non-voting chair of the committee.


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 about 83,000 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 over 94,000 students.