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Southern board member wants Grambling in SU system

Last Modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:23 PM

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Southern University board member Tony Clayton says Louisiana could save a lot of money by folding Grambling State University into the Southern University system.

He told The Advocate he will propose the plan at the board meeting Nov. 23, one day after the annual Bayou Classic football game in New Orleans between Grambling and Southern.

Legislators and Grambling administrators were quick to dismiss the idea last week.

Both schools are historically black. Southern is the nation's only historically black university system, with nearly 14,400 students in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and New Orleans.

Grambling has 5,207 students. It is among nine schools in the University of Louisiana system, which also includes Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Orleans.

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