OSU Board of Trustees aware of review into president before its publication

Husch Blackwell law firm started an investigation in November 2020 into LSU allegedly mishandling reports of sexual and related misconduct including against former football coach Les Miles, who coached the Tigers from 2005 to 2016.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 12:02 AM
Updated: Mar 12, 2021 12:59 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore.-- Oregon State University President F. King Alexander was contacted by Husch Blackwell to answer questions before a report was released last Friday about his handling of alleged sexual misconduct by a former football coach at Louisiana State University.

OSU said Alexander was reached out to on Feb 24. with questions and he answered them by March 1. The report then came out four days later on March 5. Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing, said Alexander was in contact with officers on the OSU Board of Trustees about the questions sent to him by the law firm.

"He was in communications with officers of the board of trustees related to a review being conducted," Clark said. "I believe he provided the report once he saw it. He provided links to the report so the board of trustees at Oregon State could review it."

The OSU Board of Trustees released a statement Thursday about the report and Alexander's involvement. Officials on the board said they "will fully evaluate this report and its findings with President Alexander, and report back to the OSU community."

Both Clark and the Board of Trustees say they did not know of any inappropriate handling of sexual misconduct while Alexander was president of LSU or decisions regarding former Head Football Coach Les Miles during his hiring process.

"The search included significant candidate due diligence review to assist the Board of Trustees and the 15-member presidential search committee. This due diligence included criminal history checks, media and public record searches, and on- and off-list reference checks with faculty, administrators, trustees, and others. Results from media checks and public information searches were shared with trustees and the search committee. They included candidate information from Nexus, local newspapers, Google and Google News, and other sources relevant to higher education, such as university websites, journals, fraud databases, and other sources."

Husch Blackwell law firm started an investigation in November 2020 into LSU allegedly mishandling reports of sexual and related misconduct including against former football coach Les Miles, who coached the Tigers from 2005 to 2016.

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