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LSU Chancellor Michael Martin Addresses Baton Rouge Press Club

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LSU Chancellor Michael Martin addressed members of the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, Oct. 27, in downtown Baton Rouge.

During his talk, Martin discussed the top three things he wants to address as chancellor: continuing to build programs that bring the university national and international recognition; growing LSU’s enrollment without lowering academic standards; and reaching out to the community, the state and the nation to improve lives.

“I believe public higher education can fundamentally transform society,” Martin said, adding that he wouldn’t still be working in the field of higher education if he didn’t believe this.

Martin also spoke about some of the challenges that LSU faces, including maintaining and improving LSU’s buildings and facilities to keep up with the times; developing different types of educational programs that cater more to nontraditional students; providing the types of facilities and services that today’s students expect; and dealing with infrastructure issues that arise during renovations, such as making all buildings ADA compliant and handling asbestos abatement.

He also gave an update on the Forever LSU fundraising campaign, noting that the campaign has raised more than $563 million from all sources as of Aug. 31 on its way to a goal of $750 million by the end of 2010.  Martin said that even with the current state of the economy, he still believes the university will reach its goal because “successful people want to bet on winners.”

In addition, Martin discussed some aspects of LSU’s Flagship Agenda, such as the plan to hire more top faculty and recruit quality graduate students.

Other topics he addressed were campus safety and the need for students to share the responsibility for their safety, and the fact that he has a great deal of confidence in the internal team at LSU.  He also said he restricts his board service to two nonprofit, higher-education-related organizations for which he is not paid: the Farm Foundation and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Kristine Calongne | Director | Media Relations
LSU Office of Public Affairs
Fall 2008

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