Representative Cedric Glover’s bill to merge LSUS and Louisiana Tech comes after a similar bill failed seven years ago.
There are some big differences to Representative’s Glover House Bill 470.
In 2012, the bill filed by State Senator Jim Fannin left it open for the campus of LSUS to close down and students would drive to LA Tech or complete courses online. Glover’s bill does add protections to keep the campus open but under a new name.
The bill requires the Chancellor of LSUS to send an “intent to leave” letter by August 1 to the Southern Association of Colleges. Louisiana Tech would have until July 2020 to their “intent to merge” letter. Upon approval, LSUS then would cease to exist as a separate institution.
The President of Louisiana Tech Les Guice sent a statement.
“We were not aware that this bill was being filed with the state legislature. Louisiana Tech continues to keep our focus on advancing economic prosperity and education opportunities for north Louisiana, the state and nation.”
Glover’s bill would transfer LSUS from the LSU University System to the University of Louisiana System.
The LSU system includes the campuses in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport. Along with the LSU health campuses, including the one in Shreveport.
The University of Louisiana System includes LA Tech, Grambling, McNeese, with six others colleges.
The President of the University of Louisiana System Jim Henderson sent a statement.
“The needs of the community and regional economy are paramount, and all discussions about structural changes should take place in that context. We are proud of the University of Louisiana System’s significant impact on northwest Louisiana, including Louisiana Tech’s transformational work in the Cyber Research Park which is strengthened by Grambling State University’s first-in-the-state undergraduate degree in cybersecurity, the longstanding Northwestern State University nursing school, and multiple partnerships with K – 12 and other entities, including LSUS. Chancellor Clark and his team have done some incredibly innovative work over the past several years. I hope that work is recognized and supported. We look forward to working with Rep. Glover, our partners, and the entire northwest Louisiana community to ensure the region’s potential is realized.”
We did reach out to the LSU System President F. King Alexander. His staff told us he was in meetings throughout the day and could not send a statement at this time. Once he gets an opportunity he will send one.