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Top LSU Lawyer Resigns From $275K General Counsel Job, Will Now Work as Law School Prof

Posted Sep 7, 2012 10:58 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After more than a decade on the job, the general counsel of Louisiana State University system resigned Thursday from his $275,000-a-year position, effective Friday, in what is apparently the latest move in a continuing shake-up that began after new members appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal took control of the system's Board of Supervisors.

However, Ray Lamonica will stay on at LSU, returning to his job as a professor at the university's law school, according to the Associated Press and the LSU Reveille.

Lamonica did not give a reason for stepping down. His resignation follows, within the past few months, the firing of the former president of the LSU system, John Lombardi, and the resignation of Michael Martin, LSU's former chancellor, as well as, within recent weeks, the exit of two top officials in the university system's hospital and health care division, according to the Times-Picayune.

Interim LSU System President William Jenkins issued a written statement praising Lamonica: "Ray is a distinguished and brilliant attorney who helped lead us through the tough days, following Hurricane Katrina and who was instrumental in refining many of the LSU System bylaws and procedures," it states, crediting Lamonica for improvements that "tightened oversight of LSU System institutions, (and) set up a central audit committee, ensuring the financial and legal integrity of system operations as well as requiring (Board of Supervisors) approval of any project worth more than $100,000,"

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