Tech, LSUS merger heads to the regents

The Louisiana Board of Regents could vote as early as Feb. 28 on whether to recommend a merger between Louisiana Tech University and LSU-Shreveport.

On that date, the board will hear a report on a study that recommends the merger, giving Tech campuses in both Ruston and Shreveport, under the umbrella of the University of Louisiana System.

It’s a proposal Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau warmly embraced at a briefing on the study’s results Friday in Ruston, describing the potential merger as a “win-win” situation.

“I think there’s a lot here to look at. On the surface, this report looks like a positive outcome for our institution and our region,” he said. “It looks like a great opportunity for everyone. I think we have to study it and see what the Shreveport-Bossier community wants and what the Ruston community wants, but I see more positives than negatives.”