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BATON ROUGE- Southern University has continued to build a strong foundation for students despite recent budget cuts. Students are heading back to class Monday morning, eager to start the new year off on the right foot.


This will be the first year for the university's new president and chancellor, Dr. Ray Belton. The SU Board of Supervisors selected Belton from a field of three finalists back in June.


The Board of Supervisors said Belton was the best person to lead a university that is in a state of emergency. The school was looking for someone capable of raising money, recruiting, retaining talent and embracing change.


Southern has stepped up their recruitment efforts over the past few years and seen as a sharp increase in enrollment as a result.


“We've began to see the fruits of our labor with nearly 6,600 students registered for the fall semester,” said Dr. Brandon Dumas with SU Student Affairs and Enrollment.


This morning, News 2's Rebecca Buchanan talked to some Southern University students about their advice to incoming students.


“Time management. Prioritize and set your goals everyday,” said JaMya Magee, student and winner of the Miss Southern University competition. “Everyday you should have reminders of what you're here for.”


Classes will start at 8 a.m. Monday morning.


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