Friday, April 3, 2015

LSU president laments 'unprecedented' budget cuts at press club luncheon - Jed Lipinski,

Louisiana State University has the largest number of alumni in New Orleans compared to any other university in the state, according to LSU President F. King Alexander. More than 10,000 students attend LSU medical programs here, he added, and the city itself sends a large percentage of high school graduates to LSU institutions across the state. "There are lots of reasons we need to be here and be here more often, working with high school counselors and middle school principals to get more students ready for college," Alexander said Tuesday during the Press Club of New Orleans newsmaker luncheon. So the fact that the Louisiana Legislature has recommended cutting LSU's annual operating budget by 82 percent for the next fiscal year strikes Alexander as devastating not just for the institution, but also for the city of New Orleans.

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