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Dr. Ray L. Belton Biography

SU System President Ronald Mason Jr.

Dr. Ray L. Belton , became the sixth Chancellor of Southern University Shreveport December 1, 2000. Now as the President-Chancellor of the Southern University A & M College System, the nationís only historically black university system, he brings oversight over three campus sites and a undergraduate population of over 3,000 students. Notwithstanding, his service as a member of the U.S. Armed Services and his committed work in the human services sector, Belton has accumulated more than 27 years of experience in higher education.

During his tenure as Chancellor of the Shreveport campus, the University has enjoyed unprecedented growth resulting in an enrollment increase of over 156 percent. The campus has been nationally recognized as both the 22nd fastest-growing institution of its size and as one of the best performing institutions in the country. At present, the institutionís graduation rate has literally doubled and the University has realized extraordinary success in shaping opportunities for high school students and fostering economic and workforce development initiatives for the community to include the establishment of a Center for Business Development and Incubation.

Further, under Beltonís leadership, the University initiated the establishment of an ASN program in Nursing and expanded the academic inventory of allied health offerings that average first time passage rates of over 90 percent on national registries. Moreover, over the last 14 years, the University has acquired more than $34 million to support capital improvements on campus, to include, academic structures, student centers and the first time development of student apartments (one of only two at community colleges in the state) at the institution.

Belton has held several national leadership positions including serving on the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC- SACS), as a Commissioner on Diversity and Inclusion for the American Association of Community Colleges, the Executive Board of the Louisiana Campus Compact, and the National Advisory Board of Community Renewal International. His statewide affiliations include serving in senior leadership roles with the Consortium for Education, Research and Technology (CERT),


Biomedical Research Foundation, Alliance for Education, Coordinating & Development Corporation of Northwest Louisiana and as a member of the local Chambers and Committee of 100.

Previously, Belton served in administrative roles at the university level to include director, department head, associate professor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and executive vice chancellor. His teaching experience spans over 12 years, and his demonstrated leadership led him to be nominated and elected faculty senate president. Early in his career, he served on active duty in the United States Army for eight years on assignments stateside and abroad and was recognized as one the top non-commissioned officers of his brigade. He also endeavored to serve as a licensed professional counselor while engaging with individuals, groups and families in various therapeutic settings prior to venturing into higher education.

Belton has received numerous awards, to name a few, they include: the Leader of the New Century, from the Shreveport Times and the Distinguished Achievement Award, from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is also the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Community Service Award sponsored by the Black Lawyers Association and is recognized as the "2001 Distinguished Graduate,Ē University of Texas at Austin, Community College Leadership Program, Austin, TX. Further, in acknowledging his scholarly work, he was the Recipient, W. K. Kellogg Graduate Fellowship 1996, 1997, 1998; Recipient, League for Innovation Graduate Scholarship 1996, 1997; Recipient, C. C. Colvert Scholarship 1997, 1998; Recipient, John and Suzanne Roueche Scholar 1997, 1998 and Recipient, Community College Leadership Program Fellowship 1996, 1997.

Belton, is a native of Shreveport who graduated from the very institution he previously headed (Southern University at Shreveport). He continued his studies at Southern University A&M College where he graduated first in his class. He further earned a master of arts in counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Belton is married to Norma B. Belton. They have a combined family of six children and four grandchildren.