New UNO president: 'Classroom will be last spot we cut any budgets'

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Posted on January 17, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 9:18 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - It's a new day for the University of New Orleans.

After months of searching for a new leader, Dr. Peter Fos started at his new post Tuesday.

This comes more than a year after Tim Ryan's controversial departure from the university and the college's switch to a new system.

Later Tuesday morning, Dr. Peter Fos met with students on campus, who are beginning their spring semester.

A little more than a week ago, the governing board of the University of Louisiana system unanimously chose the New Orleans native to head up UNO.

The UNO alum said he also hopes to make UNO a flagship university, increase enrollment, address athletics at the college and work with the local business community to advance the university.

Fos has said before that one of his top priorities was creating better communication with students after the controversial departure of UNO's last leader.

"The University hasn't had leadership for about a year and a half. It needs some stability on campus, and I have to spend a lot of time making people feel good about the new system and having a new president," Fos said on Dec. 9.

In the 8 a.m. hour of the Eyewitness News, WWL-TV reporter Jill Hezeau talked to the new university president live from campus about his new position.

She asked him how he plans to mend the relationship with students, if he predicts any more budget cuts, what division he sees UNO sports teams playing in, etc.

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