Williams inaugurated as sixth MSU president - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Williams inaugurated as sixth MSU president

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Dr. Philip C. Williams was officially inaugurated as the sixth president of McNeese State University on Sunday.

Following a ceremony rich in university tradition, Williams laid out his vision for the university in his inaugural address and shared how he planned on tackling imminent challenges like the fiscal crisis.

Williams said McNeese is fortunate when compared to most universities in Louisiana thanks to the fiscal policies of his predecessor, Dr. Robert Hebert.

"Because of his unselfish commitment to McNeese, I have inherited a strong administrative team and an institutional financial structure uniquely positioned to weather the economic storm we are experiencing," said Williams.

Williams said while cuts would have to be made to such things like travel, he would fight to ensure that the quality of education students expect to get does not change.

In a one-on-one interview with 7 News after the ceremony, Williams also addressed concerns over student parking.

Last month, McNeese freshman Ashlea Richard was killed after she was struck by a vehicle while on her way to class. Many blame the school's inadequate crosswalks for contributing to Richard's death, since freshmen who live off-campus have to park near the football stadium across the street.

Williams said the solution to the parking and crosswalk problems are being addressed in the short-term by enforcing jaywalking laws and reducing the speed limit near campus.

"Long-term what we see is a parking garage," said Williams.

Williams wrapped up his inaugural address metaphorically comparing the future of MSU to an airplane that had just lifted off the runway.

"As we rise higher and higher above the clouds, we may begin to notice that the brightness of the sky begins to deepen to a rich shade," said Williams. "I can think of only two words that can capture that beautiful color. Those two words are ‘Go Blue!'"

Williams has actually been serving as president of the university since July 1st, after he was selected by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors on April 23, 2010.

Copyright 2010 KPLC-TV.  All Rights Reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Leesville art exhibit honors former state park Hodges Gardens

    Leesville art exhibit honors former state park Hodges Gardens

    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:04:17 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Last October Louisiana lost a hidden gem---Hodges Gardens.  The state couldn't fund the park anymore, and with no one willing to step in and keep it running, it finally closed down.  But a local art exhibit in Leesville wants to preserve the garden's memory and inspire someone to consider opening it again.  On the walls of Gallery One Ellleven you'll find the beauty of Hodges Gardens.  Last summer Jerry Keeton decided he wanted to create water color painti...

    More >>

    Last October Louisiana lost a hidden gem---Hodges Gardens.  The state couldn't fund the park anymore, and with no one willing to step in and keep it running, it finally closed down.  But a local art exhibit in Leesville wants to preserve the garden's memory and inspire someone to consider opening it again.  On the walls of Gallery One Ellleven you'll find the beauty of Hodges Gardens.  Last summer Jerry Keeton decided he wanted to create water color painti...

    More >>
  • Shrimp and Jazz Fest is Saturday June 23rd

    Shrimp and Jazz Fest is Saturday June 23rd

    Shrimp and Jazz Fest is Saturday June 23rd

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:45:05 GMT
    image courtesy of thechangetrend.comimage courtesy of thechangetrend.com
    image courtesy of thechangetrend.comimage courtesy of thechangetrend.com
    Jazz music has been a staple of Louisiana's culture for many years, and you can help celebrate it this weekend. The Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, June 23rd. Jazz in the Arts is hosting a free jazz workshop before the festival starting at 9, and Jazz After Dark will follow the festival at 7 p.m.  Musician Mickey Smith Junior, with be performing at the event. Mickey Smith Jr. said in a statem...More >>
    Jazz music has been a staple of Louisiana's culture for many years, and you can help celebrate it this weekend. The Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, June 23rd. Jazz in the Arts is hosting a free jazz workshop before the festival starting at 9, and Jazz After Dark will follow the festival at 7 p.m.  Musician Mickey Smith Junior, with be performing at the event. Mickey Smith Jr. said in a statem...More >>
  • Compromise reached in special session

    Compromise reached in special session

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:28:47 GMT
    Rep. Paula Davis, a first-term legislator, presented the compromise bill that resolved a battle in the House over renewing part of a cent of state sales tax. (Source: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)Rep. Paula Davis, a first-term legislator, presented the compromise bill that resolved a battle in the House over renewing part of a cent of state sales tax. (Source: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

    By Paul Braun, Drew White, and Tryfon Boukouvidis LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--The House erupted into cheers Friday after voting 74-24 to renew 0.45 percent of an expiring penny of sales tax until 2025, breaking a huge logjam and reaching a compromise with Gov. John Bel Edwards after nearly five months of intense fighting. The bill would generate $466 million in additional revenue next year, falling $102 million short of the $648 million that Edwards had originally ...

    More >>

    By Paul Braun, Drew White, and Tryfon Boukouvidis LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--The House erupted into cheers Friday after voting 74-24 to renew 0.45 percent of an expiring penny of sales tax until 2025, breaking a huge logjam and reaching a compromise with Gov. John Bel Edwards after nearly five months of intense fighting. The bill would generate $466 million in additional revenue next year, falling $102 million short of the $648 million that Edwards had originally ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly