When he retired in 2007, LSU President William Jenkins could look back on a long career as an educator and leader of the LSU main campus as well as president — not to mention the historic role of leading the LSU System through the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
What he could not know then was that he would be called from retirement in 2012 to again lead LSU in a time of tumult and change.
Among other things, he was involved in the large-scale transformation to private owners of the LSU hospitals he had helped to rescue after Katrina. And he would launch a searching examination of the LSU System’s organization that will be left to the new permanent President F. King Alexander — even as Jenkins decried cuts in state funding for LSU’s campuses.
If that is not all, his numerous civic and charitable endeavors in Baton Rouge and Louisiana will be remembered, as well.
We congratulate Jenkins on his service and wish him well in retirement, again.