BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The fundraising arm of Louisiana State University has hired its interim leader for the permanent role.

The LSU Foundation Board of Directors announced Thursday that it's naming Robert Stuart Jr. as president and CEO.

Stuart worked as interim president and CEO since Jan. 1, after J. Bryan Benchoff retired.

Stuart has a long background of volunteering with the university on fundraising and other efforts.

Stuart led preparations for a $1.5 billion money-raising effort called the Fierce for the Future Campaign during his tenure as chairman of the foundation's board.

The campaign recently reached its halfway mark a year earlier than expected.

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