Ray Belton has been named president of the Southern University System. The system’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge enrolls nearly 7,000 students. The system also operates campuses in New Orleans and Shreveport. Dr. Belton will also have the added duty as chancellor of the main campus of the Southern University System in Baton Rouge.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Belton said “it is an absolute honor to be afforded this occasion to serve this board and to serve this institution to whom I remain indebted. As president and chancellor of the Southern University System, I will give my all.”
Since 2000 Ray Belton has been serving as the chancellor of the Shreveport campus of Southern University. Dr. Belton is a graduate of Southern University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
The board of supervisors was impressed by Dr. Belton’s record at the Shreveport campus where enrollments have grown by 156 percent and the graduation rate has doubled.