University of Louisiana System
The University of Louisiana System (UL System) is the largest of the four public university systems in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its headquarters are in the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.
History and diversificationEdit
Since its formation in 1974, the University of Louisiana System, one of the nation's twenty largest public systems of higher education, has provided access to higher education through its nine universities located throughout the state.
The University of Louisiana System is a public, multi-campus university system dedicated to the service of Louisiana and its people. The system offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities ranging from technical training at the associate level to research at the doctoral level.
The system's universities enroll more than 90,500 students and offer more than 700 academic degree programs.
The University of Louisiana System has nine member institutions:
- Grambling State University main campus
- Louisiana Tech University main campus
- McNeese State University main campus
- Nicholls State University main campus
- Northwestern State University main campus
- Southeastern Louisiana University main campus
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette main campus
- University of Louisiana at Monroe main campus
- University of New Orleans main campus
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 October 2016, after a nationwide search to replace former president Sandra Woodley who resigned in November 2015. He began the role, January 1, 2016.
Interim System President Dan Reneau filled the top job from January through December 2015.
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.
From 2001 to 2008, the system president was Sally Clausen, the former president of Southeastern Louisiana University and from 2008 to 2010 the state commissioner of higher education. Future Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal served as the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system, at age 28.
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. UL policy requires both school's abbreviated names to include the municipality, precluding the use of "UL" alone. 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.
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