LSU board to redo vote on merger after criticism

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's governing board will reconsider its decision to merge the positions of system president and chancellor of the flagship campus after Louisiana's attorney general questioned whether the previous vote was handled properly.

The Board of Supervisors announced Thursday that it will revote at its December meeting on whether to consolidate the two jobs. The board's statement said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office "expressed concerns about whether the board may have erred in its procedural actions."

Board members unexpectedly agreed at their October meeting to merge the jobs after hearing a presentation of a consultant's report suggesting a system-wide reorganization.

A vote on the merger had not been specifically listed on the board agenda, and several critics said the abrupt vote stifled public vetting and discussion of the idea.

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