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Jul 8, 2011 10:36 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Southern University head see challenges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Upcoming university layoffs and academic program cuts are looming over this week's Southern University National Alumni Conference in Baton Rouge.
New Southern Chancellor James Llorens, who has been on the job one week, said Thursday that declaring a state of financial emergency, called exigency, is a last-step resort, but it must remain on the table.
Llorens says tough decisions must be made in the next few weeks as the university prepares to submit its budget with up to $8 million in new cuts because of declining enrollment numbers and the state's performance-based funding formula.
For now, The Advocate reports he is not releasing details.
A university that once had more than 10,000 students, now enrolls more than 7,300 students. Llorens says the university must reverse that trend.

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