U.S. Sen. David Vitter is meeting with some of Louisiana’s top higher education leaders in Baton Rouge this morning, but the meeting isn’t open to the public or media.
Vitter, who is running for governor in 2015, will have a press availability to recap the “leadership forum” later today.
(Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD)
Per a news release from Vitter’s campaign, participants in the forum include:
- LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander
- Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan
- University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley
- Tulane University President Michael Fitts
- Xavier University President Norman Francis
- State House Education Committee Chair Steve Carter
- State Senate Education Committee Chair Jack Donahue
- Pennington Biomedical Research Center executive director Dr. William Cefalu
- Patrick F. Taylor Foundation President Phyllis Taylor
- UL System Chairmain E. Gerald Hebert
- LSU Student Government President Clay Tufts
- Council for a Better Louisiana President & CEO Barry Erwin
- Baton Rouge Area Foundation General Counsel Edmund Giering
- Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Robert Travis Scott
- Former state House Speaker Jim Tucker
- Entergy Chief Administrative Officer Rod West
Vitter’s campaign emailed details of the meeting — time, location and participants — to the press but wouldn’t allow media in to cover it.
Vitter has scheduled two more similarly publicized meetings in the coming weeks — one on public-private hospital partnerships and Medicaid reform in Monroe and another on infrastructure in Baton Rouge. Two others have been held in August in Shreveport/Bossier and Lafayette.