LSU refuses to release IDs of candidates for president

BATON ROUGE (AP) — LSU will continue to keep secret the names and qualifications of candidates in the running to become the university’s next president after rejecting a public records request from The Advocate.

The Advocate formally requested access last week to the applications, background materials and other information related to LSU’s search for a new university system president.

In a written response to The Advocate’s public records request, LSU System Lead Counsel Shelby McKenzie said none of those candidates has submitted written applications directly to LSU.

Instead, McKenzie said, all application materials are being handled by Dallas-based R. William Funk and Associates, through the firm’s contract with the private LSU Foundation, and therefore, are not subject to state public records laws.

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