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Interim LSU president Tom Galligan drops out of search for permanent president

By: - April 20, 2021 5:11 pm
LSU Student Union

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Tom Galligan, who is serving as interim LSU president, withdrew his name from consideration for the permanent position Tuesday. 

In a letter to the LSU community, Galligan said he will return to teaching at LSU’s law school  to “spend more time with my family and my students.” He said this decision was about being able to see his children and grandson more, which he hasn’t been able to “as much as we would have liked” in his current position.

Galligan was appointed as interim president at the end of LSU’s fall 2019 semester. He said will continue to serve as interim president until the university completes its presidential selection process, he said.

 “It has been and continues to be an honor to serve LSU as Interim President, and I look forward to working with whomever is selected to fill the seat permanently,” he said in the letter.

LSU will hold its next Presidential Search Committee meeting on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.