Rep. Glover and LSUS chancellor meet to discuss proposed merger bill

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Representative Cedric Glover and Louisiana State University – Shreveport Chancellor Larry Clark have a face-to-face conversation about the future of LSU-Shreveport Thursday morning. “We’re talking the issues. Whether it’s collaboration or partnership is ultimately what differs in the terms we’re looking at it,” said Clark. “Chancellor Clark and I, I think both are trying to get to the same place. We may disagree about how we get there but we’re both looking to make a greater Shreveport,” said Glover. Glover and Clark were very brief on how their morning meeting went with the delegation. Both gave their concerns in the meeting on the future of the institution.

Glover filed a bill that would merge the school with Louisiana Tech. He’s been vocal in the press about the decline in attendance a Clark has been vocal about his opposition against the bill and the lack of investment in the school.

We caught up with lawmakers who attended the meeting and they gave their opinions. “I think that Cedric definitely brings up an interesting proposition. I wouldn’t say that we have reached a consensus today no other than our mutual support of the mission other than to make it as much as a success that we can,” said Representative, Thomas Carmody. “We also need to make sure we take a hard look at the budget because the state budget has grown 25 percent. So it’s time if we want to protect our priorities that we look at some cuts,” said Representative John Milkovich.

The bill will be brought up at the legislative session which starts Monday.

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