University of Louisiana System

The University of Louisiana System (UL System) is a public university system in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It enrolls more students than the other three public university systems in the state.[1] Its headquarters are in the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.[2][3]

UL System logo


The system was founded in 1996. The system's universities enroll more than 90,500 students and offer more than 700 academic degree programs.

Member institutionsEdit

The University of Louisiana System has nine member institutions:


The System President and CEO is Dr. Jim Henderson, former president of Northwestern State University and former chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College. Henderson was named by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana after a nationwide search. He began the role, January 1, 2016.

One of the system's former supervisors is the late Jimmy D. Long of Natchitoches, considered an authority on educational funding and innovation. The large Finance & Facilities Planning Division was headed by Nick Bruno, Vice President for Business & Finance, for five years from 2005 to 2010, whereupon Bruno was selected to serve as president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Past PresidentsEdit

Crain, Clausen, and Moffett had previously been President of Southeastern Louisiana University. Jindal, a future Louisiana governor, was the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system at age 28.

Naming conventionsEdit

In 1999, the University of Southwestern Louisiana became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Northeast Louisiana University became the University of Louisiana at Monroe, based on legislation passed in 1995.[10] ULS policy requires both school's abbreviated names to include the municipality, precluding the use of "UL" alone.[10] In 2013, Woodley stated that the policy does not address stand-alone usage of "Louisiana" including within athletics, where usage of particular monikers and acronyms became a point of contention.[10] Soon after, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's athletic moniker became the "Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns."[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ First-Time Freshmen (2012-06-19). "UL System holds largest enrollment in Louisiana | University of Louisiana at Lafayette". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  2. ^ "Quick Facts." University of Louisiana System. Retrieved on October 24, 2011. "1201 North Third Street, Suite 7-300 Baton Rouge, LA 70802"
  3. ^ "Claiborne Conference Center Archived 2012-04-07 at the Wayback Machine." State of Louisiana Division of Administration. Retrieved on October 24, 2011. "Claiborne Building 1201 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802"
  4. ^ "History - UL System".
  5. ^ "Bobby Jindal Biography – Who Is Republican Governor Bobby Jindal?". Esquire. February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Ory, Marie (April 26, 2001). "ULS names Clausen as system president". The Nichols Worth. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  7. ^ Moffett biosketch on the ULS web site. Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Dr. Sandra Woodley Named President of the University of Louisiana System". RH Perry. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  9. ^ "Reneau named interim head of UL System". The Monroe News-Star. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Lauren McGaughy (2013-10-24). "UL-Lafayette not attempting to change name, officials say". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  11. ^ "Proper Use of the University's Name". University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2021.

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