Greg LaFleur Athletic Director
Greg LaFleur, Southern University's new Athletic Director, is a former LSU staffer in LSU's athletic department. He will replace Floyd Kerr, who lost his job when the university decided not to renew his contract. That contract expires at the end of June. LaFleur comes to Southern from Chicago State University where he headed up the athletic department. The 1981 LSU graduate also played six years as a tight end in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts.
He returned to his alma mater in 1991, and worked his way up from marketing and promotions coordinator to Associate Athletics Director. While at LSU, he led the university through the Peterson vs. LSU Title IX Federal Court lawsuit, one of the pivotal cases in Title IX law.
He then moved on to serve as Athletics Director at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2001, where he led an all-time record setting improvement in basketball home game attendance and significant attendance improvements in football. He also led a 20 million dollar facilities expansion program. He briefly led the Huston-Tillotson College's program in Austin, Texas, in 2004 before moving on to take the athletic director position at Chicago State.
What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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