Posted December 9, 2011
Peter J. Fos has been selected as president of the University of New Orleans by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors. Fos, a New Orleans native and UNO graduate, is a professor and program director of health policy and systems management at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He becomes the sixth leader and the first president in the history of UNO.
“This is a dream come true,” said Fos. “I still wear my UNO class ring every day and my wife, Lori, and I carry our alumni cards in our wallets. I promise you will not find a president who will work as hard for UNO as me.”
Among Fos’ previous academic positions were provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler, dean of the college of health at the University of Southern Mississippi, and various administrative and teaching positions at institutions including Tulane University. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at UNO, a doctor of dental surgery at LSUHSC, and a master of public health and doctor of philosophy in health care decision analysis at Tulane University.
Fos has extensive experience as an administrator and faculty member with a proven record of conducting research, fundraising, developing collaborative relationships with other academic institutions, and implementing institutional effectiveness and student success programs.
In making the motion, UL System Board Member Andre Coudrain said Fos’ strengths were his broad out-of-state experienced coupled with his deep New Orleans roots.
“Dr. Fos is a UNO alum; he has roots here, but his professional experience has been elsewhere. That gives him a great perspective. He has been successful in senior leadership positions at universities comparable to UNO, and he has Lori at his side, a great spouse and partner, which is an asset not to be overlooked,” said Coudrain.
Fos succeeds Timothy P. Ryan, who resigned as chancellor in September 2010. Joe M. King has served as interim chancellor while UNO has sought a new permanent leader. Earlier this month, UNO officially moved from the LSU System to the University of Louisiana System. In the UL System, the chief executive of a university is the president.
“I am pleased that UNO is in our system, and I am excited about its future with Dr. Fos serving as UNO’s president,” said UL System President Randy Moffett.