- Associated Press - Thursday, April 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - McNeese State’s new president is someone very familiar with the university.

The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Thursday named Daryl Burckel to replace Phillip Williams, who retires June 30.

Burckel is an accounting professor and former department head at McNeese. He’s also a two-time graduate of McNeese and former member of the football team.

During his interview, Burckel outlined the importance of growing the university’s enrollment and combating budget challenges by identifying innovative funding sources through business partnerships and other opportunities.

Burckel was chosen over two other finalists - Dr. Neil Aspinwall, chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College, and Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at McNeese.

He begins his new position July 1.

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