Alexander planning LSU Day in D.C. in January

Alexander planning LSU Day in D.C. in January




New LSU President F. King Alexander is working with the university's lobbyist in Washington, D.C., to organize an LSU Day on Capitol Hill early next year. The event, he says, will be part of a broader effort to better coordinate the federal funding requests and grant applications that are made by the various campuses and institutions falling under the LSU umbrella. "I have asked for a complete and comprehensive list of all the federal dollars we ask for and also what we receive so that we can have better coordination," says Alexander, who was in Washington earlier this week and met with LSU's lobbyist, Jeff Brooks of Adams and Reese, to discuss the more targeted approach to seeking federal funds. Alexander says the purpose of LSU Day will be to present a coordinated agenda to members of Congress, who will be fresh from their winter break. Between now and then, he will be working with the chancellors of the various campuses and members of Louisiana's congressional delegation to begin outlining priorities and identifying both campus-specific needs that require funding and policy issues that need to be addressed. On his recent Washington trip Alexander also met with a White House domestic policy group of which he has been a member for the past five years. The elite group of university administrators is focused on shaping the nation's higher education policy. —Stephanie Riegel



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