It's been nearly six months since Louisiana Tech University's mascot Tech XX died, and university officials say Tech XXI should be named by this spring if everything goes according to plan.
Jim King, Tech's vice president of student affairs, tells The Times a major part of the delay is Tech's need to obtain a federal permit before owning another bulldog.
King says his office is working with the school's student government association, which owns the animal, to meet requirements of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
An advisory panel that will offer guidance to the LSU System board about ways to reorganize the system and its campuses has begun its work.
The 10-person group, which held its first meeting Tuesday, is working on a tight timeline, expected to provide its first recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in March.
The Board of Supervisors is merging the jobs of system president and chancellor of the flagship campus in Baton Rouge as part of a planned revamp of the multi-campus university system.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has made appointments to two of the state's higher education boards; the Board of Regents and the Southern University Board of Supervisors.
Among those appointed Friday to the Southern board is Leon Tarver, a former president of Southern.
New members named to the Southern board were Michael Small, of Slidell, a senior network engineer at Computech Solutions Inc.; and Raymond Fondel Jr., of Lake Charles, who owns an insurance agency.
Rodney Ellis has been named chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College.
The Town Talk reports that Ellis will take over his new job next month. He currently serves as executive vice president at Atlanta (Ga.) Technical College.
CLTCC is in the early stages of a transition into a full-service technical and community college.