Vince Marsala: Time to expand role, scope and mission of LSUS

LSU Shreveport Chancellor Vincent Marsala

Editor’s note: Local higher education has been much in the news the past two weeks with the release of a community-funded study regarding the future of LSUS. The report from consultant Eva Klein, among other options, recommends transferring the four-year university from the LSU System to the University of Louisiana System or to merge it with Ruston-based Louisiana Tech University.

LSUS administrators also have been stung by another report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems which suggests the local campus should join the UL System that currently includes Louisiana Tech, Grambling State and Northwestern State universities. Regarding both reports, advocates of a stronger LSUS argue that the “role, scope and mission” of the school must be allowed to evolve and expand to meet the needs of Shreveport-Bossier. For instance, expand LSUS programs to better serve the medical, education and research missions of the local LSU health sciences campus. Below is LSUS Chancellor Vince Marsala’s Feb. 7 letter to LSU Systep President John V. Lombardi regarding the NCHEM’s report.