LSU Picks First Black President to Lead The University

William F. Tate IV will be the first Black person to head LSU — the first to lead any Southeastern Conference college
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William F. Tate IV will be the first Black person to head LSU — the first to lead any Southeastern Conference college, for that matter — after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Thursday.

The board spent much of the day interviewing the three finalists before debating for more than 90 minutes behind closed doors, then voting to offer Tate the job of LSU system president and chancellor of the flagship — a job that one supervisor described as being a combatant in a political knife fight.

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