POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 2:49pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — UPDATE - Dr. Michael Martin - the Chancellor of LSU has been appointed the new chancellor of Colorado State University.
The board of governors at CU unanimously voted to appoint Martin earlier this afternoon.
Earlier this month Martin told NBC33 News if he got the job - he wouldn't leave his spot at LSU until later this summer.
No word on who will be named interim chancellor.
Interim President Bill Jenkins said the board would start a nation-wide search for Martin's permanent replacement.
A spokesperson for Colorado State confirms LSU Chancellor Mike Martin has been selected as a the only finalist for the open Chancellor position at Colorado State University.
Martin was recommended this morning during a meeting of CSU's Board of Governors.
NBC33 spoke with Martin on campus early Thursday. He indicated he may accept the position if it's offered to him.
This announcment comes just weeks after the President of the LSU System, Dr. John Lombardi was fired by the LSU System Board.
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Chancellor Martin posted the following statement to LSU online media sites:
POSTED ON OFFICIAL LSU FACEBOOK PAGE
This morning, Colorado State University announced that I have been named a finalist for the chancellorship of its three-campus system. Information about my involvement with Colorado State reached the news media over the course of the last 48 hours and I regret that only now am I able to address this with you.
Allow me to share my situation as it stands today:
- Despite the considerable fiscal challenges faced by LSU over the past four years, Jan and I have developed a deep affection for the people of LSU, Baton Rouge and Louisiana. This is a truly great university and I am proud to serve it.
- I have not sought other professional opportunities, but a few have approached me. It has been my plan to finish my career at LSU. Sometimes plans change. I was first informally contacted by Colorado State in December and then formally contacted in January. I did not seek out this opportunity and my conversations with Colorado State are in no way related to recent changes at the System Office.
- I have not received a formal offer. If I do, I will carefully consider it. My single criteria for deciding what to do at this stage of my professional life is this – where do I have the best chance of making a positive difference?
- As events and options unfold I will try to keep all of you informed. Whatever happens, be assured LSU will continue on its journey to excellence. Certainly challenges lie ahead but the remarkable dedication of all members of the Tiger nation will ensure success.