LSU system president Dr. John Lombardi has made plenty of waves since arriving at LSU last summer. Most prominently, Lombardi spearheaded the dismissal of LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe last month.
The former chancellor at the University of Florida, Lombardi made a name for himself after hiring UF athletic director Jeremy Foley, the most renownded AD in college athletics. Lombardi was also responsible for the hiring of Steve Spurrier and Billy Donovan in Gainesville.
Much like former LSU chancellor Mark Emmert, Lombardi is a very hands on administrator and is very involved in the realm of athletics.
Lombardi is the President of the Louisiana State University System, replacing the retired System President William Jenkins.
He was formerly Chancellor and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Lombardi was born in Los Angeles, California in 1942. He earned his bachelor's degree from Pomona College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.
Lombardi taught in the history department at Indiana University from 1967 through 1987. He served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University from 1987 through 1990. From 1990 through 1999 he served as President of the University of Florida. Dr. Lombardi is a specialist in Latin American history, and has written several books on that subject.
Click the link below to listen in on our Thursday morning conversation with Lombardi.
TIGER RAG EXCLUSIVE: Sitdown with Dr.Lombardi
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