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LA Board of Regents chair previews Shreveport visit

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The Louisiana Board of Regents is making a stop in Shreveport on Wednesday for the first time in nearly six years. 

It's a big week as all higher education institutions in the region will come together to meet with the board,  which determines much of what they can and cannot do.

The Board of Regents oversees all state-run higher education institutions in Louisiana.
 
Heading up the board is Shreveport native W. Clinton "Bubba" Raspberry.
 
LSU Health Sciences Center is hosting the board as they come to town, but higher ed schools from all over the area are invited to attend. 

"Each of the schools will have an opportunity to speak and will kind of update everybody," said Raspberry.
 
As far as LSUHSC is concerned, Dr. Robert Barish will address the board with any needs the medical school may have. 

Funding has been a hot topic since last year's $32 million budget deficit at the medical school. 

Raspberry said this will be addressed head on.

"We've been enduring less revenue for the past five years. I'm very hopeful that we will be at least where we were last year. I think there will be some positive news on tuition," said Raspberry.

And, that's not all. Raspberry is hopeful the budget for the medical school will grow.

"I have more energy and hope about the future of higher education today than I've had in the past five years," said Raspberry.
 
Dr. Phillip Rozeman with the Shreveport Medical Society believes the financial needs of the med school are critical.

"We're looking now at a point in time as what I see may be the bottom. We can't go much further down in cuts before there are significant ramifications, including the possibility of losing accreditation and all those things that we don't want to happen here," said Rozeman.

Nearly seven in 10 medical school graduates stay in this area to practice, even if they're from another state. 

Rozeman said this Wednesday will be a big opportunity for med school leaders to get their message across.

"It's very important that we are able to communicate to the Board of Regents the importance of the medical school to our community and the state as a whole. Most of the doctors in this state come from those two medical schools: the one in New Orleans and the one in Shreveport.
We also reached out to the medical school for a comment leading up to the Board of Regent's visit.
 
Chancellor Barish declined that request. 

We did hear back from state Rep. Roy Burrell though. The medical school is part of his district. 

"I am very much concerned about the medical school and whether or not there will be proper funding in the future," said Burrell. 

 

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