After two days of interviews with eight semifinalists, the LSU Presidential Search Committee reportedly met for three hours behind closed doors for three hours before on Tuesday night announcing its three finalists to replace former LSU President-Chancellor F. King Alexander.
One of those finalists is Jim Henderson, former Northwestern State University President and current President of the University of Louisiana which oversees both Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University in Lincoln Parish.
Droegemeier was the director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for part of President Donald Trump’s term while Tate is the provost at the University of South Carolina.
Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, who was interviewed Monday, did not make the cut for finalists. LSU Interim President Tom Galligan on April 20 withdrew from the permanent presidential search.
LSU has been searching for a new permanent president since Alexander announced in late 2019 that he was taking a similar post leading Oregon State University.
The search committee has indicated it is hoping to deliver to the LSU Board of Supervisors a recommendation by Friday.