MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)--The University of Louisiana System is just hours away from announcing the new president of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, when it meets in Baton Rouge Friday. Those in support and opposition of presidential candidates, aren't afraid to express it in writing.
One controversial letter of support obtained by KNOE 8 News Tuesday night, has created a stir.
The letter was written and sent on behalf of the ULM foundation. Foundation President Malcolm Maddox expressed concerned in the letter that candidate Nick Bruno lacked academic experience and leadership. However, some foundation members say they never were in agreeance with it.
"Our leadership has been very much on a communicative basis in wanting to be an active part of getting the best qualified candidate to be our next president at ULM." says ULM Foundation Director Don Skelton.
Skelton says this is the reasoning behind the a letter sent to the U.L. System on behalf of all 32 Foundation Board Members.
The letter supports candidates Peter Fos and Thomas Moore, while it opposes Nick Bruno.
"We felt there was no question that they were qualified and met the qualifications that have been put forth," says Skelton.
Skelton reminds he is the foundation's director, not a member of its board, Skelton says he does not have a vote on foundation business items.
The letter, expresses concern Bruno lack academic experience and leaders. But some board members, and persons close to the foundation. tell KNOE they knew nothing about this letter, and they don't agree with what it says.
Skelton says the opposition of Bruno was decided by a majority.
"The result that you have in the letter that our board put together is an affirmative position statement," says Skelton.
Mayor Jamie Mayo announced in his State Of The City Address that he endorses Nick Bruno.
"Nick Bruno is the person who can come in and hit the ground running, he already has his ankles taped so to speak and he's ready to get in the game and play," says Bruno.
Mayors' Dave Norris of West Monroe, Vern Breland of Sterlington and Betty Olive-Alford of Bastrop also support Bruno. Some foundation members also support Bruno, despite the letter written on their behalf.
The U.L. System will choose the next president Friday.
"Regardless of the outcome, of the selection process, no one will be a bigger supporter of the new president then the ULM Foundation Board of Trustees," says Skelton.
The U.L. System says they did receive this letter from the foundation, and that it will be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors.
All letters written that express concern over the selection of the ULM President are read, and discussed.