For Immediate ReleaseDecember 06, 2011
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UNO Officially Joins the University of Louisiana System
With the addition of the University of New Orleans in the University of Louisiana System, the UL System releases its new tagline: “Nine Universities Strong,” embodied in this graphic representation.
NEW ORLEANS - The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges today gave final approval for the University of New Orleans to join the University of Louisiana System. Today's action concludes the five-month transition of UNO from the LSU System since Act 419 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session was signed into law in July.
"Moving to the UL System is something that many believed would be instrumental in UNO becoming the best institution it can be, and we are excited that we are now a member. We have worked closely with the leadership at the system for the past several months, and we are certain that our coordinated efforts will lead to success in the coming years," said UNO Interim Chancellor Joe M. King.
"Before we started this transition, I was told UNO's greatest strength was its people. Over the past several months, I have grown to appreciate the talented, hard-working, and dedicated faculty, staff and students at New Orleans' urban research university, and it is with great warmth that I welcome them into the UL System family. The addition of UNO complements our eight regional, comprehensive, research universities truly making the UL System Nine Universities Strong," said UL System President Randy Moffett.
Enrolling almost 11,000 students, the University of New Orleans is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral institution with high research activity. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city's foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city's industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries.
The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in the state enrolling about 94,000 students at nine institutions: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.
"The move into the UL System is an incredible opportunity for the University of New Orleans and its students. This shift, the selection of a new president, campus improvements and many more exciting changes are energizing the student body and will help UNO become the university we know it can be," said UNO Student Government President John Mineo IV.
"Having served on the UL System Board of Supervisors for 16 years, I have seen this system evolve from the Board of Trustees of State Colleges and Universities that oversaw both two- and four-year schools to now a unified system of nine universities. UNO is a tremendous addition to our cadre of universities, and I believe this is the beginning of great things to come," said UL System Board of Supervisors Chair Winfred Sibille.
The UL System collaborates in a variety of ways and it is in that vein that each of the system's universities extends warm wishes to UNO.
Welcome from Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue
Welcome from Louisiana Tech University President Daniel D. Reneau
Welcome from McNeese State University President Philip C. Williams
Welcome from Nicholls State University President Stephen T. Hulbert
Welcome from Northwestern State University President Randall J. Webb
Welcome from Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain
Welcome from University of Louisiana at Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie
Welcome from University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick J. Bruno
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