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LSU Chancellor Michael Martin Gives an Update on the University to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge

10/26/2011 02:27 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Chancellor Michael Martin provided an update on the university during the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Martin recapped recent news and touched on some of the areas the university is moving in the future.


“Thank you for the opportunity to chat about your university today,” Martin said to the members of Rotary.


The chancellor announced that LSU has posted the second highest graduation rate in the Southeastern Conference in the sport of football, according to the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate data that was released just prior to the Rotary meeting.  


Martin touched on a variety of topics during his talk, ranging from this fall’s strong freshman class to retention efforts and partnerships with local community colleges. He also spoke about the importance of the construction projects taking place on campus, including the Business Education Complex, Band Hall, Choppin Hall Annex, new residence halls, and the new parking garage and bookstore.


Martin said that these projects update the campus for the future during a time when construction costs are economical, while providing jobs to the local community.


Martin talked about public-private partnership opportunities, ways the university can become more entrepreneurial and the passage of LA Grad Act 2.0, all of which are important to the future of LSU.


Martin said LSU is off to yet another great academic year and is “on a long-term trajectory that will make LSU, and continue to make LSU, the kind of university that has a major role in this community, this state, this nation and this world, one you can be proud of and one that will always be seeking … to be better everyday than it was the day before.”


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