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Important updates from LSUS

June 06, 2012
Dear LSUS Community:

As many of you have heard, Dr. Vincent Marsala retired as Chancellor of our institution as of May 31, after 45 years of service. I am taking this opportunity, as the newly appointed Interim Chancellor of LSUS, to write to each of you with some important updates and to convey my vision for the future of our school.

This past semester was challenging for many reasons, but I am pleased to let everyone know that LSU Shreveport emerged stronger than ever from the stresses of state budget cuts and a merger proposal. The merger proposal was defeated, and in its place the LSU System has responded with a renewed commitment to serving Louisiana as the premier system of higher education. Moving forward, our goal is to continue building LSUS into the comprehensive university our region deserves by offering more degree programs for students in Northwest Louisiana. In order to do that, I want to assure students that your current degree programs are continuing as usual and that through the LSU Commitment Plan new programs are coming to campus. The LSU Commitment Plan is a partnership with LSU Baton Rouge to build upon the academic excellence already in place in Shreveport, and the first phase of the Plan begins this fall with the introduction of LSU programs in Petroleum Engineering and Construction Management at LSUS. Over the course of the following year, look for the introduction of baccalaureate degrees in Sports Administration, International Studies, and Human Resource Education, as well as a Masters degree in Public Administration and others.

But the most important thing for students to do right now, is be sure you are ready for the fall semester. If you are not yet registered for classes, please do so as soon as possible in order to stay on track and get the classes you need. If you haven't yet met with your advisor, please make an appointment right away; if your advisor is not available this summer, the Department Chair for your degree program or your Dean can help.

As always, I wish you the best as you continue your progress toward your LSUS degree. We have a strong and exciting future, and I look forward to counting you as a graduate of LSU Shreveport.

Paul Sisson 

Media Contact: Dr. Paul Sisson, 318.797.5374 (

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