Hunter Okays Med School Opening
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Supervisors Approve $2,203,862 Budget— Hunter Okays Med School Opening The president of Louisiana State University authorized the opening next September of, the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport after a 1969-70 budget of $2,203,862 for the school was approved by the LSU board of supervisors Saturday. Dr. George R. Meneely, associate dean of the LSU Medical School here, said President John A. Hunter approved the opening of the first class in a memorandum to Dean Edgar Hull and Chancellor William Frye. The memo, dated Jan. 18, was in response to a letter from Dean Hull and Frye in which they asked Hunter's permission to start the first class in Septem-ber, 1969. THE FIRST class will con-sist of 32 students to be j selected from some 500 appli- | cants. Dr. Meneely said basic sci-lence teaching will be done at 1 the Shreveport Veterans Ad- I ministration Hospital in tempo-jrary quarters leased from the [Veterans Administration. Clini- Ical teaching will be done at I Confederate Memorial Hospi-ltal. The LSU Medical School in I Shreveport already has accred-itation from the Liason Com-mittee on Medical Education of the American Medical Associa-tion and the Association of American Medical Colleges. DR. MENEELY said Dean Hull, in a brochure prepared for the Medical Center Com-mittee of the LSU Board of Supervisors, pointed out the school would likely lose its accreditation if another year went by without admission of students or evidence of prog-ress. The $2.2 million budget ap-proved Saturday by the board of supervisors anticipates reve-nue from the f o l l o w i n g sources: $2,157,032 in state I appropriation; $25,600 from student fees; and $21,230 from other sales and services. PLANNED EXPENDI-TURES are set forth as follows: $1,241,480 for faculty and staff salaries; $76,972 for staff benefits (Social Security, etc.); $30,000 for travel (in-cludes travel for interviews of prospective faculty members); $310,,560 for supplies and ex-penses; $503,738 for equipment; $41,052 for salary and wage adjustments tingrade increases in salaries). Shreveporfs LSU School of Medicine was authorized by the legislature in 1965. A $10 million bond issue to construct and equip the school received legislative approval in 1966. ABOUT $1 MILLION, in bonds have been sold, and $400,000 used to purchase a building site on Linwood Ave-nue near Confederate Memo-rial Hospital. Dr. Meneely said between $100,000 and $200,000 was used for miscellaneous expenses, leaving about $9.4 million remaining for matching by the federal government. Dr. Meneely said plans for con-struction are indefinite, pend-ing approval of the program by the Public Health Service of the Department of Health Education and Welfare. There was some dissension over the opening of the local medical school at the meeting Saturday of the aboard of supervisors. BATON ROUGE attorney Carlos Spaht, an adviser to Gov. John McKeithen and a member of the board, opposed the opening of the first class in September. "I think it's foolish for us to start a new medical school unless we can properly support it," he told the board. "At this point, the needs of the universi-ty are just not recognized by the people or two-thirds of the legislature." Chancellor Frye said, howev-er, that the Shreveport medical school will open in the fall. "EVEN IF THE legislature doesn't meet the budget re-quests, we'll get the money' from somewhere — from the Public Health Service or indus-try or somewhere," Frye said. "We have the faculty and the educational facilities, and the need for more physicians is so great we have no choice but to open the school this fall. We're going to start notifying stu-dents next week of their | acceptance or rejection by the school," Frye added. THE 19fi9-70 budget total for the LSU system as a whole is $83.5 million, an Increase of 35 per cent over the current year. The budget calls for the legislature to appropriate $19.5 million more than was appro-priated for 1963-69. The budget calls for outlays Of $56.2 million for the Baton Rouge campus. $1.97 million at LSU-Shreveport, and $1.25 mil-lion at LSU-Alexandria in addition to the $2.2 million for the Shreveport Medical School. SPAHT SAID the board should be "realistic" about the budget. Referring to the budget total, he said "we cannot reasonably expect any such amount to be coming." He suggested that the university . administration meet with state officials, determine how much money the system could expect without new taxes, and begin preparing a realistic budget. "We are doing exactly that," said President Hunter, who added that the university also is studying Spahfs suggestion of "moving toward selected admissions." DEAN DONALD Shipp of LSU-Shreveport told the board that the Shreveport campus expects an enrollment of 1.900 next fall, after which enroll-ments would have to be limited until another building is con-structed on the campus. "This is the maximum num-ber of students we will be able to teach in the two buildings at LSU-Shreveport," he said. Furlong Was Furrow Furlong, which means ^th of a statute mile, o r i g i n a l l y meant the length of a furrow in a field, according to the Encyclopaedia Britanr;?a.
|Title||Hunter Okays Med School Opening|
Hunter, John A.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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