Oregon State University has postponed its decision on the future of its president, former LSU President F. King Alexander.
Instead, the board voted, by a vote of 12-2, to put him on probation through June 1, 2021. The move came after a nearly six-hour meeting by the Oregon State University Board of Trustees Wednesday, including nearly two hours in a private executive session.
During his probationary period, Alexander must develop an action plan to “rebuild trust and relationships” across Oregon State University. The board called the special meeting to decide whether Alexander should keep his job there, despite criticism of how sexual misconduct complaints were handled during his time as president of LSU.
As he fought to keep his job during the meeting, Alexander repeatedly slammed LSU as he described the many obstacles he said he faced during his time in Louisiana. He characterized LSU as a seriously underfunded place where “athletics tried to run the university” and where certain segments of the Baton Rouge community were opposed to change.