For the first time in nearly 160 years, Louisiana State University will appoint an African American University President.

This historic event took place this week, when the LSU Board of Supervisors voted 15-0 to hire Dr. William Tate IV to be the university’s next president. In addition to Dr. Tate making history at LSU, he has also become the first African American to hold an executive position in the SEC.

See the historic moment in Louisiana history unfold below.

There were 23 candidates in total, and that list was painstakingly narrowed down to three finalists that also consisted of Dr. Jim Henderson and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier. Yet, Dr. William Tate ultimately won the unanimous decision for the prestigious position. Rightfully so, as he his resume is not only extensive, but also impressive.

We would like to welcome and send a hearty congratulations to Dr. William Tate IV! Best wishes on your new journey leading the mighty LSU Tigers to success in the coming years.

LOOK: Here are the biggest HBCUs in America

More than 100 historically Black colleges and universities are designated by the U.S. Department of Education, meeting the definition of a school "established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans."

StudySoup compiled the 20 largest historically Black colleges and universities in the nation, based on 2021 data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Each HBCU on this list is a four-year institution, and the schools are ranked by the total student enrollment.

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