MSU President Search - Rinker Withdraws

From the desk of Jackie Tisdell:

BATON ROUGE – Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System will interview two finalists for the position of President of McNeese State University. Following public interviews of Philip Williams then Jeanne Daboval, it is expected the Board will select the university's sixth president. A third finalist, Linda Rinker, withdrew her candidacy Monday afternoon.

To accommodate the special meeting of the board, the regularly scheduled board business meeting was moved to Thursday, April 22, 2010. Agendas for both Thursday's business meeting and Friday's special meeting can be found at, mouse over "Board of Supervisors," and then click on "Board Meetings."

Daboval, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at McNeese, and Williams, President of the University of Montevallo, were two of four semi-finalists who went through an intense round of on-campus meetings with students, faculty, staff and community members, as well as public interviews with the McNeese Presidential Search Committee last week. Their interviews can be viewed at

In January, McNeese's fifth president, Robert Hebert, announced his decision to retire after 23 years as president effective June 30.

Established in 1939, McNeese is classified as a Carnegie Master's University. The university enrolls over 8,600 students and primarily serves the five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.