SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The closely watched proposal to merge LSU Shreveport and Louisiana Tech has been put on hold.
Rep. Cedric Glover voluntarily deferred his House Bill 470 Tuesday in front of the House Committee on Education.
“The votes simply were not there to advance the legislation,” said Rep. Glover.
The measure recommended putting LSUS under the University of Louisiana System umbrella and subsequently, Louisiana Tech.
“I’m not here wearing a LSU jersey. I’m not here wearing a Louisiana Tech Jersey. I’m wearing the jersey of Shreveport-Bossier and North Louisiana,” Rep. Glover told committee members.
The measure was shaping up to be a contentious issue among higher education leaders in Shreveport, Ruston and Baton Rouge.
Statement from LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark:
“As always, we share Representative Glover’s goal of a stronger, more vibrant, and economically viable future for the Shreveport-Bossier region. LSUS, as part of the LSU system, is committed to achieving that goal, and we are confident that the plans we have put in place will continue to put our students on a path to success, which will only serve to promote the betterment of our community as a whole.”
Statement from LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander:
“We are pleased to see HB470 put to bed. LSUS belongs in the LSU family, and it will always remain there. We are proud of the success and impact our university has enjoyed under Chancellor Clark’s leadership and know even greater things await around the corner.”
It’s important to note there are no North Louisiana legislators on the House Education committee.