- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The president of the University of New Orleans has announced that he will retire in January - four years after he took the helm amid lower post-Hurricane Katrina enrollment, turmoil over budget cuts and leadership changes.

Peter Fos (Fahs) made the announcement Monday. He was named president in December 2011, not long after UNO moved from the Louisiana State University System, into the University of Louisiana system, which oversees eight other universities around the state.

Enrollment at the university has fallen from more than 17,000 prior to Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005, to below 10,000.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that UNO’s state funding fell from $56 million in 2008 to $28 million last year (https://bit.ly/1JxMtGc ).

School officials blame the enrollment decline on several factors, including stricter admission standards.

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