Aug 17, 2010 5:36 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents won't be hiring an
interim higher education commissioner. Instead, the day-to-day
duties of overseeing the college management boards will fall to
four Regents board members and senior staff who work for the board.
That decision was made Tuesday by the board after state
lawmakers rejected the salary package for the 40-year higher
education veteran the Regents had picked for interim commissioner.
Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee last week
refused the pay for Tom Layzell, calling the compensation
excessive. Layzell could have received $162,600 for six months of
work, under the contract negotiated by the Regents board.
Regents Chairman Artis Terrell says the board is researching
whether Layzell could stay on in an advisory role until a permanent
higher education commissioner is chosen.