BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University has chosen its new leader, naming William Tate as the university system’s first Black president. Tate has been provost at the University of South Carolina.

He was the unanimous pick of the LSU Board of Supervisors Thursday after public in-person interviews with three finalists and 90 minutes of closed-door debate. He’ll start the job as LSU president in July. He'll oversee multiple campuses and serve as chancellor of the flagship campus in Baton Rouge.

Tate will take charge of a system in the midst of several controversies, including an independent report that found widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct claims at LSU’s main campus in Baton Rouge.

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