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President John L. Crain

Dr. John L. Crain has served as the 14th President of Southeastern Louisiana University since his appointment to the position on February 17, 2009 by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.

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Southeastern Louisiana University makes fundamental contributions to develop an educated citizenry, a workforce prepared for today's knowledge-based economy, and provides a number of cultural and creative opportunities that contribute to the well-being of the region. I am proud to work alongside such dedicated faculty and staff who continue to make great things possible for our students.

Dr. John Crain
President of Southeastern Louisiana University

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"It’s all about the students." – Dr. John Crain

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  • Fall 2020 Retention Update

    October 01, 2020
    It is my pleasure to share more good news regarding our Fall 2020 enrollment. Thanks to the concerted efforts of every department, every faculty member, and every staff member, our freshman to sophomore retention rate has hit a record high of 72%! That is quite an accomplishment!
  • Strong Enrollment Growth

    September 24, 2020
    I am proud to share that today we reported a solid increase in enrollment across both undergraduate and graduate students. We reached our highest number of students in three years. With an overall enrollment of 14,461, an increase of 1.4 percent, we experienced growth in several categories. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 1.5 percent, while graduate enrollment experienced an increase of .7 percent. Enrollment of students from Southeastern’s top three feeder parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Livingston increased by 2.3 percent.
  • Message from the President

    September 24, 2020
    Thanks to our faculty, staff and students working together in this very unusual environment, our fall semester, as unique as it is, has gotten off to a strong start and is progressing relatively well. We continue to offer robust educational opportunities and support services to our students while the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases remains very modest.

  • Budget Update

    June 27, 2019
    The 2019 Session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned on June 6, 2019, and I want to express appreciation for the leadership of Governor John Bel Edwards and for his work and that of many of our legislators in support of funding for higher education.
  • Budget Update

    June 26, 2018
    Apparently, the Louisiana Legislature had been counting on the often-heard idiom, "Third time's the charm." In this year's third special session which ended Sunday, the Legislature finally agreed to a solution that allows the state to avert the July 1 fiscal cliff that was rapidly approaching.
  • Budget Update

    June 19, 2017
    Following a somewhat ignominious June 8 end to the Regular Legislative Session and the associated failure to adopt a State budget, the Louisiana Legislature accomplished the necessary task this past week in a brief special session that ended on June 16, 2017.