NEW ORLEANS, LA – In front of an audience filled by local educational and political leaders, Southern University at New Orleans Chancellor Victor Ukpolo, Algiers Charter School Association CEO Adrian Morgan and O. Perry Walker Principal Mary Laurie signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will bring the first public 4-year university to the Westbank of New Orleans.
“This is a great moment for the unified L.B. Landry – O. Perry Walker High School,” said Mary Laurie. “To truly be a community school, we must serve our adults as well as our children, and by bringing SUNO to Algiers we have an opportunity to reach those who may have never had access to a college education and put them on a path towards a degree.”
ACSA CEO Adrian Morgan added, “Today marks the beginning of what we believe will be a strong and fruitful partnership with SUNO. ACSA has been a leader in expanding educational opportunities since 2005, and this is another example of how the Association is looking towards the future of Algiers and how we can continue to grow and impact the lives of the families here.”
Classes at the satellite campus are slated to begin in the Fall of 2013, offering first-year courses and utilizing SUNO faculty and resources. “We want to give the people of the Westbank the quality of education just as we provide on our main campus,” said Chancellor Ukpolo. “The potential economic impact for New Orleans by creating more college graduates is tremendous and it is our responsibility as a public institution to create avenues for success for the people of the city and this region. We are honored to take a partnership that began with O. Perry Walker years ago to a higher level for a much higher purpose.”
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