SLU News--Clausen investiture
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DR. SALLY CLAUSEN INSTALLED AS SLU'S 12TH PRESIDENT
HAMMOND -- Dr. Sally Clausen was installed as president of Southeastern Louisiana
University during the university's commencement exercises Dec. 9.
Retired 21st Judicial District Judge Leon Ford III presided over the "confirmation of
office" and Mark D. Musick, president of the Southern Regional Education Board, made
introductory remarks at the official investiture ceremony. Dr. Clausen, who was appointed
president in July by the University of Louisiana System Board of Trustees, is Southeastern's
Dr. Clausen has had a long career in Louisiana education and state government. She has
played key roles in several state and national higher education organizations and commissions,
including the Higher Education Commission for the 21st Century, a blue-ribbon panel to advance
education in Louisiana.
Dr. Clausen, who has a doctorate in school administration and management from
Louisiana State University, has been a public school teacher and coordinator of assessment and
psychological services in East Baton Rouge Parish. She was a member of the Louisiana State
University faculty and served as assistant dean of students and director of legislative and
community relations at Southeastern.
On the state level, she has served as Deputy Commissioner of Administration,
Commissioner of Higher Education, and Secretary of Education and education adviser to
Governor Edwin Edwards. As secretary, she was Louisiana's representative on educational issues
to various national and regional organizations such as the National Governors' Association,
Education Commission of the States and the Southern Regional Education Board, the nation's
oldest regional compact for the advancement of elementary, secondary and higher education.
She is the SREB's vice chairman.