LSU names William Tate IV as next President of the University

LSU's search for a new president came to a close Thursday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint William Tate IV as president.

Tate has previously served as the provost at the University of South Carolina. He will take office at LSU July 2.

When asked about his opinion on the recent Husch Blackwell report and the way the university has handled sexual assault cases, Tate echoed what has been said for months now: Instances like these cannot and will not be tolerated any longer. 

"If you think that this is the only institution in the country that is having problem with this matter, that is not, unfortunately, the case," Tate said.

Tate argued that LSU needs to serve as an example for the rest of the nation in how we take responsibility for the actions of our own. He said that, when he takes office, the way the university handles sexual assault cases will change.

"Our endgame has to be a trauma based approach," Tate said, meaning that we need to be more nurturing and take more care of our students instead of immediately focusing on the legal repercussions.

Tate will serve as the first Black president of LSU and of any school in the SEC. He also noted that the committee will continue to remove racist names of buildings on campus once he takes office

He ended the press conference by saying he plans to be as open and transparent as he can be. He finished with a confident "Geaux Tigers!"