Ray Belton to Step Down as Head of Southern University and the Southern University System

Ray L. Belton president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana announced that he intends to retire in the fall of 2022.

In a statement to the university community, Dr. Belton said that “by 2022, I will have served as a chief executive officer for more than 21 years, the first 14 years as chancellor of Southern University Shreveport and then, for seven years as president-chancellor for the System and SUBR. This also will mark 35 years of service with the university. Over the course of my tenure, I have had the great fortune to work with some exceptionally talented colleagues. Together, I believe our work has enabled us to position the university in a manner that it will continue to be seen as a premier institution within the higher education community.”

“We are indebted to Dr. Belton for his many years of service and commitment to the cause of higher education in general, and the Southern University System in particular,” said Domoine D. Rutledge, chair of the board of supervisors. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working very closely with him over the past two years as board chair. Invariably, his decision-making process reflected the best interest of the institution and the students we serve were always a priority.”

Dr. Belton is a graduate of Southern University. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

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