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SUNO and UNO Merger Study (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-02-18

Duration: 00:05:40

Subjects: HIGHER EDUCATION | UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS | Southern University in New Orleans | MERGERS | Louisiana Board of Regents


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Brossett, Jared Speaker
  • Badon, Austin Speaker
  • Scott, Randolph Speaker
  • Wiley, Joseph C. Speaker


This segment from the February 18, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the Jindal Administration’s study into merging the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO). Lincoln reports that a group of Southern University students filed a lawsuit against the Jindal Administration and the Board of Regents in order to stop the study. This report includes: a press conference with Governor Bobby Jindal expressing his support for the merger; State Representative Jared Brossette, State Representative Austin Badon, and SUNO Alumni Association President Randolph Scott testifying against the merger before the Board of Regents; Joseph C. Wiley of the Board of Regents questioning Badon and Scott on their assertions that the Jindal Administration supports the merger in order to reallocate FEMA money reserved for rebuilding SUNO following Hurricane Katrina; and a statement by Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater on the Jindal Administration’s commitment to rebuilding SUNO. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford