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The Resolution That Started It All

July 27, 2017

Frank FulcoBefore any great institution can be established, there must first be a proposal. On October 15 of 1936, Frank Fulco Sr., a member of the Caddo Parish Police Jury, introduced a resolution to create a branch of LSU in Shreveport. By introducing this resolution, LSUS went from being an idea, to a proposed establishment.

After Fulco introduced the resolution, members of the City of Shreveport became fascinated with the idea of having the school. On May 7 of 1937, State Senator Roscoe Cranor presented Governor Richard Leche with a formal request for a branch of LSU in Shreveport. Unfortunately, Leche rejected the proposal. This did not stop the community from trying to establish the school. On June 3 of 1956, Fulco introduced a resolution that called for a study by the State Department of Education to determine the need for a public college in Shreveport. This resolution was passed! The study was completed two years later, and revealed that Shreveport not only needed a public college, but the citizens desperately wanted one. This was the first step in establishing our amazing university!

Without Fulco’s hard work and determination, LSUS may not have ever been established. Fulco supported the resolution to establish the school until it was passed in 1966. Fulco was a major supporter of higher education, playing a major part in the creation of Southern University Shreveport and LSU Health Sciences Center, as well.