The University of New Orleans got a new president last week. He is Dr. Peter Fos. In his Commentary this week, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos talks about the challenges that Fos faces.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

The University of New Orleans took two big steps forward last week. It officially became part of the University of Louisiana System and the U.L. Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Dr. Peter Fos as UNO's new president.

Fos graduated from UNO in 1972. He follows another UNO grad, Tim Ryan, as chancellor. Most recently, Fos directed the department of health policy and system management at LSU's Health Sciences Center here in New Orleans. He also holds degrees from LSU Dental School and Tulane University and he helped lead universities in Nevada, Texas and Mississippi.

UNO's move to the U.L. System came after decades of academic and fiscal repression. The move to the U.L. System should strengthen UNO as Louisiana's leading urban research university, but it will be Fos's job to make sure that goal is reached.

Other challenges that await him include restoring UNO's academic reputation, raising standards and increasing enrollment just to name a few. Fos himself has said that his alma mater needs, quote, 'branding' to compete for more and better students.

As a UNO grad myself, I know I join many others in wishing the new president well. The entire metro area will benefit if he, and UNO, succeed.


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