Office of the Mayor-President


For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 02/10/2006

MAYOR MAKES STATEMENT ON DR. WILLIAM JENKINS STEPPING DOWN AS LSU SYSTEM PRESIDENT

Statement from Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden on the announcement that Dr. William Jenkins will step down as LSU System President:


I was deeply disappointed to hear that Dr. William Jenkins will step down from his position as President of the LSU System. As a graduate of LSU, I have been extremely proud of the leadership he has provided the entire LSU system throughout his tenure. As a legislator and more recently as Mayor-President, it was my pleasure to support his work to build our Baton Rouge campuses to national prominence. In addition to the educational opportunities they provide, LSU, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the LSU Hospital system are critically important to the economy of Baton Rouge and Dr. Jenkins has provided us with ethical, visionary leadership.

Through difficult times, changes in elected and appointment leadership throughout the state, Bill Jenkins has been the steadfast captain of the LSU ship – always steering us forward through rough seas and helping us soar through calm waters. He and his wife Peggy have represented us all with distinction.

He has my sincere thanks for his service to my university and our city-parish. I wish him well in his new role at LSU.

His leadership will be missed. His vision and grace will be his legacy as LSU President.




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