Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University head men's basketball coach and now newly appointed SU Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks addresses media members during a press conference in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Banks' appointment to the post of interim athletics director was approved earlier Friday during a Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting, after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Athletic Director William Broussard will be temporarily reassigned to the Southern University System Office on April 1, and Banks will serve in a dual capacity starting at that time.

Southern basketball coach Roman Banks said Friday that his goal as interim athletic director is to continue “the good work” that Dr. William Broussard had done before being reassigned.

The university announced Thursday that it was reassigning Broussard, who has been athletic director for three years, to the Southern System President’s Office for four months beginning April 1. Banks was chosen to take on Broussard’s reponsibilities during that time.

“I really think Dr. Broussard was doing a good job,” Banks said at an afternoon new conference shortly after meeting with the Jaguars athletic staff. “He has a good knowledge of institutional control and a good knowledge of accountability. As we go forward we’re going to continue going in the right direction.”

Earlier in the day the Southern Board of Supervisors formally approved the reassignment of Broussard and the additional duties for Banks, who will be paid an extra $2,000 per month while handling the AD duties.

Southern Systems President Ronald Mason Jr. and SUBR Chancellor Flandus McClinton declined comment.

Banks said he has not spoken with Broussard since being approached Wednesday about replacing him, but hopes to do so “in the near future.”

Board member Raymond Fondel attended Banks’ news conference to show “his support for us”, but Fondel declined comment. Banks said he has not been told why the unusual temporary reassignment of Broussard took place.