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President's Blog

The University President, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, periodically posts blogs and email messages to the University community and the public about important University relations, developments, and updates.

Read his most recent blogs below and subscribe to receive all updates.

President's Blog

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    Our Scholars Answer A Higher Calling

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 02/04/2021 - 1:42pm

    Dear members of the University community,

    As you may be aware, the Lafayette Public Library’s governing board recently refused to accept a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities that would have funded a community book reading and discussion about the history of voting rights in the United States.

    In rejecting the grant, a board member questioned the objectivity of a member of our faculty, Dr. Theodore Foster, an assistant professor of history who was to act as one of two facilitators for the book discussion.

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    Familiar Challenges, But New Hope, in 2021

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/11/2021 - 2:09pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Happy new year and welcome to the spring semester!

    I hope that your well-deserved winter break was restful and that you’re ready for a strong start to 2021.

    We cannot begin this new year, however, without acknowledging that 2020 continues to cast a long shadow, both close to home and across our nation.

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    Reaccredited 'With Flying Colors'

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 12/17/2020 - 2:56pm

    Dear faculty and staff members,

    We received an early Christmas present from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges last week – news that it has reaffirmed the University’s accreditation through 2030.

    The accreditors determined the University had met all of the commission’s quality standards with no issues to address. That means we passed – with flying colors.


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    A Renewed Call to Action

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 11/19/2020 - 7:52am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    The American Educational Studies Association and more than 2,100 college, university and K-12 educators, scholars and organizations have designated today as a Day of Action. The goal is to urge schools, colleges and universities to declare their commitments to anti-racist curricula, policies and practices at their institutions.