From Daily 49er:
The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors concluded its search for an LSU system president on March 27, selecting Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander for the role.
Four days later, the Board faced two lawsuits for its search.
The Advocate, a newspaper in Baton Rouge, La., and the editor of LSU’s student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, each filed lawsuits on April 1 against the Board and its chair, claiming the Board violated Louisiana’s Public Records Law by withholding the names of applicants for the LSU system president position.
Andrea Gallo, editor-in-chief of The Daily Reveille, said when the student newspaper submitted a public records request for the names of the applicants, the request was denied.
According to Lori Mince, an attorney for Capital City Press, The Advocate faced similar issues with its inquiries for the applicants’ names.
“The Advocate had been following the search and had made some requests for information about who was being considered, and were being told that this information is not required to be released,” Mince said.