- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Joe Aguillard could soon receive a contract extension to remain at the private Baptist school in Pineville.

Tommy French, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana college Board of Trustees, told The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/1cwHovu ) the board began working on Agulliard’s contract last week.

“You don’t finish it in one session,” French said.

French said the executive committee will meet again this month. If a contract extension is offered to Aguillard, French says it must be approved by the full board, which is scheduled to meet in April. French said he couldn’t speak for the committee or the board, but he saw no reason Aguillard would not receive a new contract.

“But I saw no opposition (at committee),” he said. “There were not any negative points there to say we would not renew because we think he’s (Aguillard) done a good job.”

As a private college, Aguillard’s contract does not have to be made public.

French said setting salary, benefits and term length on a new contract for Aguillard will be on the agenda for the Executive Committee’s meeting in March. French said he didn’t expect salary to be an issue, saying it wasn’t the last time Aguillard negotiated a contract with the school.

“He doesn’t work for money, he works for the Lord,” French said.

Aguillard has been president at Louisiana College since Jan. 19, 2005.

During his tenure, Aguillard has proposed adding a medical school, a law school and a film school, although none of those efforts came to fruition. A law school was formed but no students ever were admitted.

Last year, Aguillard survived an effort by some members of the board to remove him as president.

Whistleblower complaints were filed against Aguillard last year by Charles L. Quarles and Timothy Johnson, then both vice presidents at the school. The complaints accused Aguillard of inappropriately diverting nearly $60,000 donated by the Cason Foundation to the college’s Caskey School of Divinity.

The money instead was used for college projects in Tanzania, Africa. Aguillard also was accused of misleading the board of the full cost of the Tanzania projects and misleading the board regarding a $10 million pledge from the Cason Foundation.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com


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