Gov. John Bel Edwards today issued a statement congratulating Dr. Dennis Shields on being the newly-selected president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College. 

Gov. Edwards said: 

"Congratulations Dr. Dennis Shields on being selected as the new president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University. I look forward to working with you and have no doubt that our students and faculty will continue to succeed under your leadership."