- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University Law Center has a new chancellor, but he’s not new to the school.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1WygaMC ) that John K. Pierre was serving as the law school’s interim chancellor before the Southern University Board of Supervisors voted Friday to give him the job on a permanent basis.

Pierre beat out three other finalists for the job at the state’s only historically black law school. Two of them - Russell Jones and Roederick White Sr. - are vice chancellors at the school. The other is a state appellate judge, John Michael Guidry.

System President Ray Belton recommended Pierre after the board interviewed all four candidates on Friday.

Pierre will be the law school’s seventh chancellor. He replaces Freddie Pitcher Jr., who stepped down from the post last summer.

Pierre choked up while thanking the board.

“I will work very, very hard to propel the Southern University Law Center forward to be the institution that you all want it to be,” he said.

He has served on the law school’s faculty since 1990 and was promoted to associate vice chancellor in 2003.

Pierre credited the school with providing Louisiana with a diverse legal system.

“We have changed the landscape of legal education in the state of Louisiana and America,” he said.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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