Dr. Edwin L. Stephens statue erected near live oaks that he planted more than 100 years ago
LAFAYETE (KADN) — With UL's graduation over the weekend, the university had many celebrations to go along with commencement. The university added public art to the campus to honor it's first president Dr. Edwin L. Stephens, which is a statue located near live oaks that he planted more than 100 years ago.
"I think that he wouldn't be surprised because I really think that he was a visionary and that he knew that this could become a magnificent institution, a symbol of strength, a symbol of opportunity for young people. I think that he had this in mind, maybe not to the same size or scale, but he knew what the desire was," says Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL president.
During Dr. Stephens 38 year tenure he helped transform an empty sugar cane field into a college campus. He also directed construction of the school's first buildings and the expansion of it's cirriculum. Under his leadership it began granting Bachelor's degrees.