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UNO Statement: University of New Orleans Chancellor Resigns; Veteran Academic Team to Run University On Interim Basis

Dr. Tim Ryan on Thursday resigned as Chancellor of the University of New Orleans (UNO), effective immediately.

LSU System President Dr. John Lombardi accepted Ryan's resignation, noting Ryan's long service to UNO that spanned many roles, ranging from faculty member to Chancellor.

"The LSU System genuinely values Dr. Ryan's many contributions throughout his academic career and especially while serving as Chancellor in guiding UNO through tough and challenging times such as the current budget crisis and the university's recovery from Hurricane Katrina," said Lombardi.

Ryan, named chancellor in October 2003, was given an administrative leave until January when he will begin a six-month sabbatical in recognition of his many years of service. In July, Ryan is scheduled to return to the faculty as a tenured, full professor in the College of Business where he served as dean before being promoted to UNO chief executive.

Lombardi said a national search would be launched as soon as possible to identify "an outstanding chancellor for UNO."

To manage the transition, LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman James Moore has asked Lombardi to serve both as System President and as Interim UNO Chancellor in the same way that former System President William Jenkins not only lead the system but also was Main Campus chancellor when then Chancellor Mark Emmert stepped down in 2004.

"The Board has every confidence in your ability to manage this transition process through the difficult challenges ahead," Moore wrote to Lombardi in thanking him for agreeing to perform the dual roles of president and chancellor. "Your service will further demonstrate the dedication of the LSU System and the Board to the welfare of UNO," said the board chairman.

At Lombardi's request, Moore also asked the four New Orleans area board members to participate in an advisory panel that will administer UNO during the changeover period.

"As part of our Board's continuing commitment to UNO and its mission, I have asked Board members Dr. Jack Andonie, Ann Duplessis, Stanley Jacobs, and Rod West to serve on an advisory work group in support of your management of the transition process and to facilitate communications with the other Board members," Moore said to Lombardi

Lombardi also will begin work on the transition with a high-level team composed of LSU System Chief of Staff and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Technology Transfer, Dr. Carolyn Hargrave; LSU System Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services, Dr. Michael Gargano; and a UNO leadership group that includes Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dr. Joe King; UNO Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Scott Whittenburg; UNO Vice Chancellor for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer, Linda Robison; and UNO Vice Chancellor for Campus Services, Joel Chatelain.

Over the next several weeks, Lombardi said, the transition group will schedule meetings with important campus constituencies, representing faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundations, and community leaders.

The LSU System president said the team would also conduct a thorough, top-to-bottom review of UNO's strengths in preparing to manage the difficult budget process for the current fiscal year and the even greater potential challenges UNO and the entire LSU System confronts in the 2011-12 fiscal year that begins July 1st.

About the LSU System Members of the UNO Advisory Work Group:

Dr. Carolyn Hargrave, LSU System Chief of Staff and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Technology Transfer, holds a PhD in Economics and Statistics from the University of Texas. She has been an LSU professor since 1968, serving as Main Campus Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for 10 years. She also was Associate Dean of the LSU Graduate School and Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs at the Louisiana Board of Regents before joining the LSU System office in 2002.

Like Dr. Hargrave, Dr. Michael Gargano, LSU System Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services, is an expert administrator whose career spans two private universities and two public flagship universities as well as a statewide postsecondary education system. Dr. Gargano holds an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and has broad-ranged financial, organizational, policy development, and enrollment management experience, especially in generating revenues from student enrollment and retention, at a number of institutions, including the University of Hartford, University of Rhode Island, George Washington University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former NCAA Division I athletic administrator and head coach, Dr. Gargano joined the LSU System in 2008.

Linda Robison, UNO's Vice Chancellor for Financial Services, has been a member of the university financial office since 1976, first as a fiscal analyst, then assistant comptroller before being promoted to Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Scott Whittenburg, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, joined the UNO faculty in 1979. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utah.

Dr. Joe King, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, became Dean of Basic Sciences in 1992 and was promoted to Provost in 2008. He holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joe Chatelain, Vice Chancellor for Campus Services, holds a Master of Science in Engineering from UNO. After working for both the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans and the LSU Health Sciences Center, Chatelain joined UNO in 2005.

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