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


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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.