PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Louisiana College Board of Trustees is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to renew the contract of college president Dr. Joe Aguillard.
Aguillard's contract will expire July 1.
The board could vote to renew Aguillard's contract, not renew and let Aguillard serve out his term, not renew and put Aguillard on administrative leave, or fire Aguillard and remove him from office immediately.
An executive committee met Monday to discuss Aguillard and other topics. The committee is expected to give a recommendation to the full board on Tuesday.
The board had a prayer gathering scheduled for Monday on the campus, but it was canceled due to weather.
However, the alumni and members of the group "Friends of Louisiana College" still met and prayed in the student center for about two hours before leaving voluntarily.
"This was a great group of Christian people that met and truly prayed sincerely that God would lead the trustees to do what He would have the outcome be," said Teresa Seymour, an LSUA educator and Friend of the College. "And then we have to leave it in His hands. We have to leave it with that. I think the trustees are good Christian people that want to do the right thing, it's just a question of how people interpret information and what that turns into."
"It appears that there's a need for a change of leadership," said Sammy Morrow, a local pastor and LC class of 1980. "And that leadership will come about we believe, we hope. But again, it's not our decision. We're just concerned alumni of Louisiana College, and have expressed that individually to some board members. And we believe that their coming together will assist in a new direction for the college."
Tim Johnson, a former LC vice-president, released a statement about the vote on Doctor Joe Aguillard's future with the college.
"When you look at the record, he does not need to be president," Johnson told News Channel 5.
Johnson has filed a lawsuit against both the school and Dr. Aguillard. He claims he was improperly fired after filing a whistle-blower complaint against the president.