LSU Shreveport Chancellor

My name is Lawrence "Larry" Clark and I am the Chancellor at LSUS. It is a privilege to be able to return as chancellor of LSU Shreveport. Since opening its classrooms to students in 1967, LSUS has become the regional urban comprehensive university in the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area.

Anchored along the picturesque Red River in southeast Shreveport, the beautifully landscaped LSUS campus serves as home to more than 4,500 students.


Because of very wet grounds from recent rain storms, the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally was moved from the campus of LSU Shreveport to the Brookshire Grocery Arena this past week-end. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission team, led by Kelly Wells, did an amazing job to reset the Rally. Very prominent at the Rally was the LSUS balloon that was tethered for rides by Pat Harwell/team in support of the Bill Harwell Scholarships at LSUS. After being skipped last year because of the pandemic, he Balloon Rally was a particularly great celebration this year. LSUS hopes to again host the Rally next year.

Because of very wet grounds from recent rain storms, the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally was moved from the campus of LSU Shreveport to the Brookshire Grocery Arena this past week-end. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission team, led by Kelly Wells, did an amazing job to reset the Rally. Very prominent at the Rally was the LSUS balloon that was tethered for rides by Pat Harwell/team in support of the Bill Harwell Scholarships at LSUS. After being skipped last year because of the pandemic, he Balloon Rally was a particularly great celebration this year. LSUS hopes to again host the Rally next year.


Yesterday at the Shreveport Downtown Rotary Club, our Athletic Director, Lucas Morgan, and two of our student-athletes, Karolyn Hassler, from Arizona, and Brennan Maddox, from Southwest Louisiana, rocked the house in talking about Pilots sports. Over the last four years, LSUS teams have made 13 national tournament appearances and secured 12 conference championships. Our student-athletes had a 3.14 cumulative GPA this past year and logged hundreds of hours of community service. I could not be prouder of our Pilots AD, coaches and student-athletes. Go Pilots!


Grambling State University President Rick Gallot came to LSUS today to learn more about the transformation of our campus and to discuss possible collaboration opportunities. In turn, I plan to visit GSU in the near future. One of our necessary stops on campus, the incredible Noel Collection for a short overview from Curator Alex Mikaberidze.


Yesterday afternoon I informed the LSUS community of the passing of Dr. Alfred (Al) McKinney, the highly-respected and loved Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, due to COVID-19. Messages being exchanged today uniformly speak of what a great, humble individual Al McKinney was, especially for his students. What follows is the ending of Al’s last email message to the campus just prior to the start of the fall semester. “I wish everyone well with the start of school. It seems strange but I don’t plan to answer the bell. I plan to ride off into the sunset like John Wayne.” In so many ways, Al was our John Wayne at LSU Shreveport. We will miss you, Al. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved wife, Mary Jo McKinney, and family.


To LSUS May, 2020 Graduates. Right about now we would have been calling you to come forward to be recognized in our May, 2020 Commencement Exercise. We regret that this is not happening today. You graduates have had to persevere through some incredibly challenging times this spring to get to this point. You have our fullest respect and appreciation from all of us at LSUS. A personal shout out to one LSUS graduate today- Susan Gray. Congratulations to all of you LSUS graduates. Go Pilots!!!


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Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the program today and a HUGE thank you to Larry Clark for sharing his knowledge.

Sorry the program is in 2 segments- a bit of “technical difficulties “


We are Pilots Proud of Coach Brent Lavallee and his super LSUS baseball team for them winning both the RRAC season championship and being the RRAC Tournament Champions. Great year with more to come in the upcoming NAIA Tournament. Coach Lavallee, his team and the LSUS community continue to have Red and Blue thoughts concerning the Louisiana Tech baseball and softball teams for the awful storm damage to their respective stadiums.


Tuesday was an important day for LSUS at the Capitol because HB 470 was brought before the House Education Committee. We were prepared with two of the finest students any university could hope to showcase, Meagan Crews and Tyson Lee (our immediate past and current LSUS SGA Presidents), and with our ace Director of Media & Public Relations, Wendell Riley. We received wonderful support from so many of you, including our LSUS Foundation, LSUS Alumni Association and the Noel Foundation. LSUS had a record spring enrollment of 7,449 and a record 932 students will graduate tomorrow. While these are great successes, we did listen to Rep. Glover. We believe the momentum of what we are achieving at LSUS, with further support, will allow us to be what we all want in support of the Shreveport-Bossier region.


This morning we have toasted Kim Ramsey who is leaving LSUS for a great new opportunity. Kim has been outstanding as our/my Assistant to the Chancellor. Kim's overseeing our 50th Anniversary Celebration is just one of the many terrific things she has done at LSUS. Best wishes, our friend (and great LSUS alum)!


This past Friday, LSUS again hosted the regional K-12 Social Sciences Competition and, as chancellor, I took individual pictures with the winners. The students were great. I think you will recognize this winner's topic.


Earlier this week work began on sodding the new soccer field for our Women's and Men's Soccer teams. Now completed. Come by to see it- looks great.


The Pilots baseball team was one win away from winning the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament as they faced the LSU Alexandria Generals. Unfortunately, LSUA won game one 19-6 and game two 10-2 to defeat the Pilots and win the tournament. However, since we won the conference regular season championship we expect to still advance to the NAIA national tournament. Congrats Coach Lavallee and players for a great year within the conference.


Yesterday a great LSU/LSUS and community champion, William M. Comegys III, arranged and hosted a lunch that brought together nine officers and senior level civilians of the Global Strike Command and Barksdale Air Force Base to meet with myself and seven other LSUS colleagues. We had an a highly engaged meeting where we explored potential further collaborative opportunities. Bill made sure a joint action team was established to assure action ahead of the upcoming meeting between LSU President F. King Alexander and Gen. Robin Rand, Global Strike Commander. Thank you, Bill.


Yesterday five of us from LSUS visited the former Shreveport GM plant to meet with the leadership team of Hyundai GLOVIS, a new major tenant. Kaprina Browder, GLOVIS General Manager, personally led the welcome and overview, including driving us around the site in a small bus (pictured). GLOVIS is a new USA distribution site for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Last month there were over 22,000 new Kia and Hyundai vehicles on site- yesterday there were around 12,000 vehicles. It is an amazing logistical operation. Kaprina’s leadership style is absolutely contagious. Dean Nancy Miller is already planning on site visits from School of Business faculty and students.


Wednesday night was our first Pilot Choice Awards event, our version of the ESPYS Awards, to celebrate our LSUS teams, coaches and student-athletes. Over 125 student-athletes attended, of which 64 had a 3.00 or higher GPA for the Fall, 2017 semester. This is the definition of great student-athlete. Pictured: Women's Cross Country team and #1 LSUS Athlete of the Year, NAIA All-American Stevie Clark. Congrats, all.


Yesterday was our final campus-wide 50th Anniversary event- a crawfish boil in conjunction with Spring Fling. Great weather, great day. Pictured: Amber Hayes Molnar/participants and the team winners of the 50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt.


Today we had over 600 persons attend the "Authors in April" event to benefit our Pioneer Heritage Center, celebrating its 40th Anniversary during the 50th Anniversary celebration year of LSUS. Author Amor Towles spoke- he was just incredible, outstanding. Thanks to Director Marty Young, Lead Patron Ms. Bobbie Cates Hicks, Authors Committee Chair Elizabeth Davis and the many other volunteers and supporters who helped to make this such a wonderful event.


Primarily thanks to the efforts of Professor Kenna Franklin, yesterday LSUS had over 75 participants, mostly students, in the Walk for Humanity 5K walk/run or 1 mile walk. A great turnout for a wonderful event supporting the Institute for Global Outreach. Some of the LSUS participants in the picture.


This morning we gathered in purple for our 50th Anniversary picture (taken via a drone) and then we celebrated the success of our Men's Basketball Team getting into the semi-finals of the NAIA tournament. Great seasons by both our Men's and Women's teams. Pilots Proud!


Yesterday the Shreveport Rotary Club provided a scholarship to an honor student from the six areas colleges and universities. The LSUS recipient was Briauna Chambers, a graduate of Byrd High School. Briauna plans to go to Tulane University to graduate school upon graduation from LSUS. Pictured with me is Red River Radio/KDAQ GM Kermit Pohling. Congrats, Briauna. Go Pilots!


On a busy Saturday on campus, Dr. Kyle Pierce, Olympic Coach and head of our USA Weightlifting High Performance and Development Center, and the Center, located at LSUS, are hosting a weight-lifting competition with competitors from around the USA and globe. Pictured- one group of competitors.


This morning LSUS joined with University Elementary and Captain Shreve High School to present the Celebration of Education 50 Years 5K Run and Fun Run for the community. We years ago we all began. Just watch what we do during our next 50 years! Nearly 400 persons registered for this event.


Last night the LSUS Pilots clinched conference champion titles in both Women's and Men's play! Great job by our coaches, Matt Cross (Women), Kyle Blankenship (Men) and our great student-athletes that made it possible. Go Pilots!


The LSUS Career Fair was held this week. Although a rainy day (and week), we had a good turnout from both LSUS students and employers/graduate schools. Congrats to our Director of Career Services, Jennie-Flynn-McKevitt.


Thursday evening LSUS won both our basketball games, Go Pilots. AD Lucas Morgan and our coaches also recognized our Student Athletes with a 3.00 or higher GPA for the fall semester. I love how many great students play for the Pilots AND how successful they play. Come to the basketball games today (Saturday). Women at 2:00, Men at 4:00 p.m.


Yesterday there was another joint meeting between administrative and faculty members of LSU Health Shreveport and LSUS to talk discuss strategies and processes to better link our two institutions concerning students, academic programs and joint research activities, especially involving students. Students having the opportunity to engage in research with faculty clearly differentiates our mission and role in serving students within this region.


Wednesday began with Kasie Mainiero, Principal of University Elementary School, Ginger Gustavson, Principal of Captain Shreve High School, Angel Martin, LSUS Director of Student Activities and me beginning our day with KSLA Channel 3 promoting our upcoming joint 5K Run on February 24. Later, Ginger returned to campus to speak at our “Women in Sports” event. Shown: the women student athletes from Captain Shreve High School. Thanks, Kasie and Ginger. Come to the 5k Run!


LSU President F. King Alexander was on campus on Monday making remarks concerning the new LSU Strategic Plan, “2025: Challenge Accepted,” and then taking questions from the audience. Later, at a lunch for attendees of the Forum, he talked with LSU Debate Coach Trey Gibson and some LSU Debate Team members.


The LSUS Bass Fishing Team is currently #1 in the Cabela's School of Year Race! So proud of them! check out the story below.

The LSUS Bass Fishing Team continues to dominate! Check out the latest rankings in the Cabela's School of Year Race! (Spoiler: WE ARE #1 !!) #PilotPride #LSUS #BassFishing


Just out, the LSU Shreveport’s Bass Fishing Team is now the #1 ranked collegiate bass fishing team in the nation in the Cabela’s School of Year Race. Cabela's press release" “Rankings Shake Up in the Cabela’s School of Year Race!” So proud. Go Pilots.


The Louisiana Biomedical Research Network annual meeting was at LSUHS this past week-end. Both Professors Brian Salvatore and William Yu made presentations and there were eight poster presentations by LSUS faculty/students. Brian’s presentation was Greek to me but I greatly appreciated learning about the extensive role of students. I missed William’s presentation but Julie Lessiter told me that it also was very well-received. Amanda Lewis told me that a total of seven patent applications have been made associated with the research by Brian and team.


Tomorrow our Nation will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. LSUS will be closed. It will be an opportunity to reflect on his messages of peace and non-violence, racial equality and justice for all. One of my favorite Dr. King quotes: "The time is always right to do what is right."


Work is finally beginning to replace the roof of the Noel Memorial Library Building. Our LSUS Archives and the great Noel Collection have both been impacted by repeated bad leaks of the roof. Our H&PE Building roof is so bad that we have had to move all faculty and associated classes out of the building. We hope to replace this roof this spring through a combination of special state dollars and diverted LSUS funds.


This afternoon there was a joint press conference at LSU Health Shreveport to announce the letter of intent between LSU, BRF and Ochsner Health System for an Ochsner/LSU joint plan to form a new University Health System structure. This is great news for all, especially for North Louisiana. Congratulations to all who helped make this happen, including Chancellor Ghali, President F. King Alexander, pictured, and Gov. Edwards.


Today at our Commencement Exercise we had graduates from our innovative online MBA Program from all around the USA. However, no one came from further away to attend than Comfort Opoku- from Ghana where she completed all of her study and work for her MBA degree. Great story.





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